Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from county to county. St. Louis County also beats the state average on these tests.
It costs $430 less to get a colonoscopy in St. Louis County than in St. Charles County, and $660 less than the Missouri average. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. In fact, a look at four routine medical procedures—colonoscopy, CT scan, mammogram and an MRI—shows all are cheaper in St. Louis County than neighboring St. Charles or the state average. 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 …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
By a 5-4 vote, President Obama's health care legislation survived a constitutional challenge. Tell us what you think about the decision.
9:15 a.m. Update Multiple news outlets are reporting that the United States Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice John Roberts authored the majority opinion and wrote in part, "The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress's power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage it. In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress's power to tax." Read the entire opinion…
Friday, February 3, 2012
The 24th District State Senator introduced legislation dealing with health care and Iran.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Company officials plan Tuesday night announcement.
Patients at Mercy health care facilities in Creve Coeur have noticed plenty of changes over the last year. Now, executives are ready to roll out the results of community roundtable discussions held in St. Louis and elsewhere which have asked what the future holds for health care needs. Tuesday, company officials will be joined by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to announce "investments" based on those discussions. In Springfield, that included a 10 year, $650 million plan to expand an Emergency Room, neonatal ICU, and the construction of a heart hospital, announced in August. In Hot Springs, Arkansas, it was an $11 million plan announced in September to expand cancer treatment services and add 56 physicians by 2016. Check back with Patch later…
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Ed Martin and Ann Wagner traded light jabs on endorsements and disagreement over immigration policy in the first debate between candidates for Missouri's new second district U.S. House seat.
Ten months before next August's primary, voters had their first chance over the weekend to see the two candidates vying for the Republican nomination to represent Missouri's newly redrawn second congressional district in Congress stand side by side and debate the issues. Ed Martin and Ann Wagner, who were both in the audience on the May day in Creve Coeur when Todd Akin announced he would run for the Senate instead of another term in the House, were back together for the debate at the Drury Plaza in Chesterfield Saturday afternoon. Click here to read our live blog from the debate While there were opportunities to see some differences both candidates directed most of their fire at President Obama and Congress. The hour-long session gave …