Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from place to place, but Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties appear to have similar costs.
It costs on average $590 less to get a colonoscopy at hospitals in Anne Arundel County than the state average. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. Comparing healthcare costs between Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties shows few differences—a colonoscopy averages the same, a CT scan averages $20 less, a mammography averages $20 more, and an MRI is $100 more. These regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote, "One hospital charges $8,000 - another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed the prices of a series of procedures in hospitals across the country. The Times and the Post used …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Kool Smiles had its grand opening last week, bringing a new location for affordable dental care to a lower income area of Anne Arundel County.
Local leaders and health officials were all smiles in Brooklyn Park last week as Kool Smiles held its grand opening in Brooklyn Park. "Dental care is healthcare, and the opening of a Kool Smiles in Brooklyn Park is one more step toward our goal of equality," said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). Ruppersberger and Anne Arundel County Councilman Peter Smith (D-1st District) joined the personnel of Kool Smiles in cutting the ribbon on the new facility, in the shopping center on the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway. "We are proud to be part pf Maryland's recent success in improving the oral health of its citizens and are grateful for the opportunity," said Dr. Priya Grewal, regional dental director for Kool Smiles. Get local stories …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. What do Glen Burnie area residents think of the ruling?
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision Thursday morning. Local politicians and residents reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act—and the reaction is as mixed as it is everywhere else in the country. Here's a look at what local residents are saying about the controversial ruling. There's also a statewide poll circulating on all Maryland Patch sites that is currently in a dead heat. If you haven't voted yet, go ahead and vote on it. Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso (R-2nd District) of Glen Burnie: This is perfect proof that this is country is going downhill fast. They're going to tell you next who you're going to marry. What's next? The Democrats…
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.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The country's highest court is set to rule Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.
It’s an epic decision that could change the way health care is approached in the United States. The Supreme Court is scheduled to decide Thursday, according to Huffington Post, on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. In Howard County, the Healthy Howard Health Plan for uninsured residents could be used as a model for other counties nationwide should the federal law be struck down. Anne Arundel County has its own program for uninsured residents: The Department of Health and the Anne Arundel County Medical Society partner with community doctors and providers to offer low-cost health care services through the REACH Program (Residents Access to a Coalition of Health). The Supreme Court’s decision …
Sunday, June 5, 2011
A $5,000 grant will be used for the Baltimore Washington Medical Center Stork's Nest program.
The Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC) was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Severna Park Kiwanis Club. The grant will be used for the center’s Stork’s Nest program. Stork’s Nest coordinator Andrea Lynn said the grant will help continue education on healthy pregnancy care. “We are honored to have received this grant from the Severna Park Kiwanis,” Lynn said. “The grant will go a long way in helping the participants of our program.” Stork's Nest offers eight, hour-long education classes held at the Pascal Women's Center at BWMC. Class topics include the importance of prenatal care, what to expect during labor and delivery, basic infant care and safe sleeping. The program uses a point-based incentive system to encourage women to attend…