The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from place to place.
It costs $400 less to get an MRI in Cobb County than Fulton County. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Colonoscopies also seem at a discount in Cobb compared to Fulton, as the average cost is $360 less in Cobb. Mammograms and CT scans also are considerably cheaper. These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday, "One hospital charges $8,000 - another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed out the prices of a series of procedures in hospitals across the country. The Times and the Post used data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Patch worked with …
Georgia's Governor cites unknown costs, lack of flexibility in federal regulations.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Gov. Nathan Deal on Friday told the Obama administration that Georgia will not set up its own health care exchange, citing the administration's "one-size fits all" approach and the high cost that the law places on states. “I remain committed to common sense health care solutions that empower consumers to take responsibility for their own health, motivate the private sector and drive efficiencies for consumers, employers and governments alike,” Deal said in a press release. “I continue to hope that we might finally engage in a serious conversation about restoring meaningful flexibility to states around health care programs.” Deal said the federal government needs to loosen regulations that restrict states’ options. He said he would support …