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Georgia News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Dec 23, 2021 - Describes rural Georgia's healthcare access issues, with some areas of the state without a hospital or ambulance service. Discusses challenges related to recruiting physicians and other personnel to rural areas, access to specialty care, and challenges related to reimbursement.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Dec 20, 2021 - Describes the impacts of reductions in rural hospital-based obstetrical services, including a threefold increase in the risk of preterm labor, preterm birth, and obstetrical complications for women who have to travel more than 40 miles for care. Highlights the situation in rural Georgia, where 93 of 159 rural counties have no hospital that offers labor and delivery services, notes disparities in rural maternal mortality, and addresses the financial challenges contributing to the closures of obstetric units.
Source: Georgia Health News
Dec 15, 2021 - Reports on the challenges facing rural hospitals in Georgia, which has seen 8 rural hospital closures over the past decade. Highlights the financial burdens affecting rural hospitals related to insurance and reimbursement, the community impacts of closures, and strategies to increase revenue, such as expanding behavioral health services.
Source: Georgia Health News
Nov 29, 2021 - Describes efforts in Georgia to obtain state funding to supply Narcan to first responders and recovery community organizations across the state. Discusses the rise in opioid overdoses, especially in rural part of the state.
Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting

Last Updated: 12/23/2021