Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The price of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans, and mammograms vary widely according to hospital and geography.
It costs $520 less to get an MRI and $900 less to get a CT scan in Prince George's County than the Maryland state average. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Meanwhile, prices for common procedures tend to be lower in Prince George's County than in neighborhing Montgomery County, with differences of $200 for CT scans, $20 for mammograms, and $160 for MRI. Colonoscopies, however, run about $160 more that our neighbors to the northwest on average. These regional differences have been in the news lately. As the Washington Post wrote last week, "One hospital charges $8,000—another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Several Prince George's residents commented on today's Supreme Court ruling on health care.
Do you think President Obama's re-election efforts have been helped by court's ruling?
Much of Maryland is split on Thursday's Supreme Court ruling. Some analysts felt President Barack Obama scored a huge win Thursday. Some officials felt Republican challenger Mitt Romney will benefit from conservative momentum following the decision. Either way, Thursday's Supreme Court ruling—one that upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax—thrust health care to the top of the list of campaign topics heading toward November. We want to hear from you. Vote in our poll. Then tell us in the comments if Thursday's ruling has changed or cemented your vote this November.
What does the Supreme Court's ruling on Affordable Health Care mean to you?
Various media are reporting that the Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. Stay with Patch throughout the day for updates and local reaction. What does it mean to you? Vote in our poll. While you're at it, don't just vote. Tell us why. Leave a comment, sharing your take on today's ruling. ——— NOTE: This poll is published throughout Maryland's network of Patch sites.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The recent alcohol tax increase has raised money for health care and potentially decreased underage drinking and alcohol abuse, according to alcohol tax coalition.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Kelsey Miller Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS – A coalition that pushed an alcohol tax increase last year is calling the tax a success and turning its efforts toward assuring that the new revenue is spent the way it was intended. Representatives of the Lorraine Sheehan Alcohol Tax Coalition said Tuesday that the recent increase of the alcohol tax from 6 percent to 9 percent has been successful at achieving its two main goals: raising money for health care and potentially decreasing underage drinking and alcohol abuse. Of the $70 million in expected revenue from the tax, $64 million in Gov. Martin O’Malley’s FY2013 budget is proposed for health care and community services. The group now aims to keep the current budget plan intact as it …
Monday, July 25, 2011
Partnership aims to replace Prince George's Hospital Center with new facility.
The University of Maryland Medical System and the University System of Maryland have partnered with the largest provider of health care services in the county to build a new $600 million hospital in Central Prince George's County, as announced by elected and UMMS officials last week. The partnership is expected to address insufficient health care in the county, resulting in large part from the financial struggles of Dimensions Health Corporation, according to the partnership agreement. The Washington Post reports that the hospital could open as soon as 2017. Dimensions currently operates the Laurel Regional Hospital and the Bowie Health Center, as well as the Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, which is expected to be replaced by …