Checking Up On Health: January 21, 2014

Health care costs, ObamaCare alternatives, Medicaid expansion, closing rural hospitals and more.

Checking Up On Health: January 14, 2014

The first Internet-linked toothbrush, a combination treatment for melanoma and an over-concentration on oncology R&D.

Friday Facts: November 22, 2013

  November 22, 2013  It’s Friday! It’s nearing year’s end, and we’d like to remind you: The Georgia Public Policy Foundation and the Friday Facts, our most popular product, exist thanks to your support and contributions. Please help us continue “Changing Georgia Policy, Changing Georgians’ Lives,” with your tax-deductible end-of-year contribution at http://tinyurl.com/3y27zfm. You know we’re getting under their skin: We’re sporting another feather in our cap after the Foundation earned a personal mention on MSNBC from a doyenne of Big Government, Rachel Maddow. Maddow, whose syndicated talk radio program … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: October 22, 2013

Should you choose a male physician or a female physician?

Checking Up On Health: October 15, 2013

What constitutes a rare disease? What program covers the majority of people treated in hospitals?

Friday Facts: September 13, 2013

Is more spending leading to better student achievement?

Friday Facts: August 2, 2013

“In complete contradiction to every promise made by the President with regard to the [law], insurance companies in Georgia have filed rate plans increasing health insurance rates up to 198 percent for some individuals.”

Register by Friday to attend Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT REMINDER April 16, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Register by Friday to attend Foundation Event on Telehealth in Georgia Atlanta – You may have to travel to attend the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s next event, but what if you didn’t have to travel to see a physician? Discover the innovations in Georgia health care at, “Telehealth: Taking Health Care to The Next Level,” the Foundation’s Leadership Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. The deadline is … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: April 2, 2013

Today is the sixth World Autism Awareness Day.

Register for April 23 Leadership Breakfast on Telemedicine

GEORGIA PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION EVENT INVITATION March 19, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Registration Open for, ‘Telehealth: Taking Health Care to the Next Level,’ A Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast on April 23 Atlanta — The health care industry has embraced opportunities provided by information technology in numerous ways. But policy and politics still handicap the medical community when it comes to fully incorporating telemedicine and, more broadly, telehealth.  Find out what’s happening around the nation and in Georgia – and what needs to happen – … Continue Reading →

Checking Up On Health: February 5, 2013

Ninety percent of adult women in the United States are responsible for making the health-care decisions for themselves and their family members.

Checking Up On Health: January 22, 2013

It’s not an exchange, it’s the marketplace; what hospital mergers are doing to costs and what XBox Kinect has to do with health care.

Checking Up On Health: September 4, 2012

Researchers in Scotland have revealed plans to create a revolutionary new hip implant that will use the latest stem cell technology to allow patients to grow their own bone, removing the need for regular replacement surgery.

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: May 1, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Health care reform in remission: If it seems to you that health care policy is in limbo, you’re right. Most legislatures and policy-makers are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. Everyone is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Nowhere is that more evident than in Georgia, which has seen no action and little interest after a law passed last year that would allow health insurers in … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: April 17, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Show me the money: Georgia ranks 11th out of the top 20 states that have received funds distributed across the nation under President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a new tool released by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The tool, which tracks all funds received by states, local governments, employers and others to implement parts of the law, reveals that Georgia received $306.6 million, or 2.5 percent of the funds – the most in the Southeast. … Continue Reading →

Health Policy Checkup

Health Policy Briefs April 3, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Breast cancer surgery or not? In the Health Policy Checkup of February 14 we recommended “Overdiagnosed,” the eye-opening book by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch that reveals the unhealthy impact of too much health care. Excessive medical screening and diagnostic treating in asymptomatic people can produce overtreatment. The quest to detect health problems as early as possible is often more harmful than helpful, as Welch points out. Now comes a study out of Norway that estimates that between 15 percent and … Continue Reading →

Checking up on Health Care

 Health Policy Briefs: March 27, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd  The U.S. Supreme Court heads into its third day of oral arguments on the Obama administration’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Wednesday.    To get a perspective that digs deeper than the mainstream media, visit these links provided by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.   Click here for coverage of Day 1 at the U.S. Supreme Court from the Heritage Foundation.   Today, on Day 2 of deliberations, reports Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation, “The funniest … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health  Policy Briefs: March 13, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Georgia Health Care Update event: The deadline is approaching and seats are filling quickly for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s next Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. State Attorney General Sam Olens and health care expert Ronald E. Bachman will give the “Georgia Health Care Update,” just days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Georgia is one of … Continue Reading →

Checking Up on Health

Health Policy Briefs: February 28, 2012 Compiled by Benita Dodd Registration is open and seats are filling quickly for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation’s next Leadership Breakfast, 8 a.m. Thursday, March 22, at Cobb County’s Georgian Club. State Attorney General Sam Olens and health care expert Ronald E. Bachman will give the “Georgia Health Care Update,” just days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in the challenge to the constitutionality of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Georgia is one of 26 states and the National Federation … Continue Reading →

Checking up on Health

  Health Policy Briefs: February 14, 2012 Compiled by Benita M. Dodd If you’ve read “Overdiagnosed,” the eye-opening book by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, you know there is such a thing as too much health care. Excessive medical screening and diagnostic treating in asymptomatic people can produce overtreatment. The quest to detect health problems as early as possible is often more harmful than helpful, as Welch points out. Hospitals apparently are taking “Overdiagnosed” one step further. Imagine you recently fractured your arm and you were treated at your local hospital. … Continue Reading →