Transportation has received most of the headlines going into the session with respect to budget pressure and needs. Yet another topic has occupied state legislators, budget writers, and policy personnel over the break as well. That is medical delivery in the State of Georgia, and how it is (and isn’t) paid for. Senate Bill 9, introduced by Senator Seay, is yet another band-aid to limp along with a chronically flawed system. Expect a lot more discussion – here and under the Gold Dome – about the many related issues that all make delivery of health care in Georgia – especially rural and urban Georgia – a difficult challenge at best and fundamentally broken at its worst.
We’ll be taking a look at the AJC’s Misty Williams’ series on rural Georgia heath care next week. The problems are many. The numbers are just plane scary. In the mean time, have a good weekend. And hope that next week we’ll begin the process of finding some of the needed solutions to these problems.