Before you try a new restaurant, you might check out reviews to see what other customers thought of the place. Now you can do that with hospitals, too. But our state’s hospitals aren’t stacking up so well.
Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill today that makes it so people seeking health care can find out what different routine procedures cost at hospitals around the state. Fourteen other states have these websites.
Patients will be able to shop around and find the best deal on medical procedures—and see which hospitals perform them best—when a new public website goes up. Prices of vary drastically from hospital to hospital, according to Think New Mexico’s Fred Nathan, and unveiling the price tags actually drives costs down.
The Associated Press looked at data from medical facilities for veterans around the U.S. and reported that four in New Mexico were among the worst when it comes to long waits for appointments.
Veterans using VA clinics in Farmington, Santa Fe and Rio Rancho, and the hospital in Albuquerque, might be waiting a long time for health care. Those facilities were near the top of the AP’s list, with Farmington coming in No. 6—out of 940.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez secured a second term last night, beating her Democratic challenger Gary King handily. Martinez emphasized bipartisanship during her acceptance speech at the Marriott in Albuquerque, which was packed with Republicans from around the state.
As Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela introduced Gov. Martinez late Tuesday night, he focused on her heart—perhaps a nod to opponent Gary King’s maligned comment about the governor’s not being Latino enough.
Wednesday’s town hall was heated, as veterans gathered in Albuquerque to raise concerns about VA health care with the state’s administration.
Hands in the audience were still raised as the two-hour meeting drew to a close. Scores of veterans who got a chance to speak complained of extremely long wait times, rushed care and bad communication with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
11/8 8:00am -This month Well Woman Radio will focus on women in business, and changes needed in the way businesses run in order to stay healthy and achieve a healthy economy.
Is the current business model broken? Can women and men benefit from a different approach? Host Giovanna Rossi talks to Jessica Eaves Mathews, co-author of Wonder Women: How Western Women Will Save the World.
10/11 8:00am -Health care reform, also known as the Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare", is moving forward with new health coverage enrollment starting in October, and both women and men could have a lot to gain. Women's health advocates say the law impacts women enormously because it's often women who make health care decisions for their families.
9/13 8a: Recently, women across the country came together in over one hundred and seventy locations for a coordinated "Rally to Improve Birth" . The idea was to increase awareness and support for evidence based maternity care. Hear from Tina Cassidy, author of Birth: the Surprising History of How We Are Born and Abigail Lannin Eaves, executive director of Dar A Luz Birth and Health Center in Albuquerque, NM, as well as mom Liz Foster, doula Sara Bautista and nurse Lauren Oberholser, as we explore birth and health outcomes for moms and babies.
Second District Congressman Harry Teague was one of 39 House Democrats who broke party ranks to vote against health care overhaul legislation this weekend. From Washington, Manuel Quinones reports for KUNM.
Several small business owners from New Mexico are in Washington D.C. today along with over one hundred more from around the country. They've made the trip to show their support for health care overhaul legislation now under consideration in Congress.