Tag: Georgia public policy

Malpractice Law Is Bad for Your Health

By John C. Goodman and Pamela Villarreal   One of the worst features of the American health care system is the sorry state of medical malpractice law. Fewer than 2 percent of injured patients ever file a lawsuit. Of those that do, only one in 15 receives compensation. More than half of every dollar goes to cover the cost of litigation, rather than to the injured and their families.  Ironically, the medical malpractice system is inordinately focused on whether someone was at fault when an injury or accident occurs. Of the estimated 187,000 deaths and 6 million injuries that occur in hospitals each year, about one in four are considered negligent (malpractice). Another one-fourth (such as certain types of infections) is… View Article

Friday Facts: April 12, 2013

 April 12, 2013  It’s Friday! Events April 23: The deadline is April 19 to register for “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to The Next Level,” the Foundation’s next Leadership Breakfast, at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The moderator is Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with telemedicine expert panelists Dr. Jeffrey English, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman and Paula Guy of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth. The cost is $25 to attend; register online at http://tinyurl.com/ck6v4yt. Find out more at www.georgiapolicy.org/?p=9075. (Attire: business, business casual.) April 18: Retired Georgia Tech Professor James H. Rust, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, gives a talk, “The Role of… View Article
By Eric Wearne Eric WearneSenior FellowGeorgia Public Policy Foundation The United States government – our federal government – has taken what some might consider an alarming position in the question of whether families that prefer homeschooling can seek asylum here when teaching children at home is considered a crime in their own countries, punishable with prison terms and even having children removed from parental custody. The U.S. position is pretty straight and forward, as it is being argued in a Tennessee case that involves parents from Germany who came here in 2008.  The U.S. Department of Justice in federal court documents has argued that home schooling is not grounds for seeking asylum.   The case has not finally been decided but… View Article
By Benita M. Dodd Pointing fingers, moving the target and playing the blame game: That’s about all the action on transportation seen at the State Capitol this past session, despite the rancorous discussion immediately after the regional transportation sales tax vote that failed in nine of 12 regions across the state. The lack of movement was as unsurprising as congestion in metro Atlanta on a weekday afternoon. Legislators seemed in a hurry to leave, dragging their feet on acting on taxes, transportation or tort reform, all of which seriously need an overhaul. That was understandable, too. They faced the unpopular options of prioritizing a tight state budget or raising taxes. Fortunately, beyond the Gold Dome, transportation policy has been chugging… View Article

Friday Facts: April 5, 2013

 It’s Friday! Events April 23: “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to The Next Level,” is the topic of the Foundation’s next Leadership Breakfast, at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The moderator is Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with telemedicine expert panelists Dr. Jeffrey English, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman and Paula Guy of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth. The cost is $25 to attend; register online at http://tinyurl.com/ck6v4yt. (Attire: business, business casual.) Quotes of Note “The problem we have had in almost all Western countries is that nominally they say they are decentralizing, but effectively they’ve [given] more and more power to the central government. You… View Article

Partnerships Needed in Overhaul of MARTA

By John Keys  The 2013 Georgia General Assembly discussion on “MARTA privatization”– a concept initially required in specific areas in proposed legislation – became a zero-sum game proposition, in which “one side” was seen as losing everything and the “other side” winning everything if it became law.  Legislators were seemingly in the position of having to choose one “winner,” with no middle ground available between both positions. There is a middle ground in the debate on this issue, however. It is to require that MARTA not be forced to rely exclusively on “privatization” to accomplish parts of its work tasks, but to require that MARTA adopt the working concept of using “transit partnerships” to do its job.  Transit partnerships would… View Article
GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION April 3, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register for April 23 Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia Atlanta – “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,” is the topic of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, with panelists Dr. Jeffrey English of the Multiple Sclerosis Center of Atlanta, Dr. Jeffrey Grossman of Peachtree Spine and Pain Physicians, and Paula Guy, CEO of the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth. This event is $25 to attend. Register by Friday, April 19, 2013, View Article

Checking Up On Health: April 2, 2013

  Benita DoddVice PresidentGeorgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy News and Views Compiled by Benita M. Dodd No shopping for health plans yet: The New York Times reports that the Obama administration is unable to meet “tight” deadlines in the “new” (2010) federal health care law, so it is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees. The Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, is supposed to provide small employers with an insurance marketplace, or exchange, that offers multiple plan options starting in 2014. But in most states, employers will instead be limited to a single plan until 2015. Miracles of telemedicine: When 5-year-old Piper Gibson was hospitalized in… View Article

Friday Facts: March 29, 2012

It’s Friday! If you missed the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s Annual Dinner on Wednesday night, you missed a great event. About 250 supporters heard a rousing keynote speech from The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore. To see the Foundation’s brief video presentation at the Annual Dinner, go here: http://tinyurl.com/boxm5k5. Mission accomplished! Thank you to all our friends, who helped us meet our goal and even pushed us beyond 2,000 “likes” on Facebook in the middle of our Annual Dinner! View the latest Quotes of Note, Policy Points, EduFacts and Foundation photos at facebook.com/GeorgiaPolicy. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/gppf. Quotes of Note “Those have a short Lent, who owe money to be paid at Easter.” – Benjamin View Article

Time to End the Medical Device Tax

By Tim Lusby The most ill-conceived federal sales tax law took effect this year, created by the Executive and Legislative branches and their staff attorneys who obviously have never made a payroll or managed a business.  Section 1405(a) of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, which amended the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires any “manufacturer, producer, or importer” of taxable medical devices to pay a tax equal to 2.3 percent of the sale price of the device. This is a nonpartisan issue. The United States Senate approved an amendment recently to end the tax by a margin of 79 to 20. Unfortunately, the amendment was attached to the nonbinding Senate budget resolution that will never pass in… View Article

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