The state’s Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care
Administration has approved budgets for all of Vermont’s hospitals, and it says the annual system-wide increase came in below
the 4 percent target set by the Legislature.
Thereâ€™s a doctor shortage in the United States. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, one in three doctors is over age 55 and nearing retirement. So are millions of baby boomers. VPR examines the factors behind a doctor shortage at the Southwest Medical Center.
Vermont hospitals are doing a better job of preventing infections related to surgery. State officials say hospitals are adopting policies about what kind of antibiotics patients should get before and after surgery and when they should get them.