The Vermont Medical Society says cuts to the Medicaid program proposed by Governor Douglas will decimate Vermont’s network of primary care
physicians and increase the cost of private health insurance premiums.
As gasoline prices rise towards or past $4.00
a gallon, it’s not just drivers who are affected, some small gas stations also
feel the squeeze. Officials from the
Southwestern Medical Center are preparing pitch plans for a $45 million
hospital expansion; more…
Dan Manz is Director of Emergency Medical
Services for Vermont Dept Health. Jim Finger is President of the Vermont
Ambulance Association. Patti O’Donnell is
a Republican Representative from Vernon. They spoke with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about the challenges
faced by Vermont’s emergency medical services.
Medical dramas have held a
solid place in the television landscape for generations. E.R. and Grey’s Anatomy may be staples of the
genre now, but commentator Tim Johnson’s memory of these shows goes back a lot
further. And he wonders why they still
capture our attention.
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.
A physician shortage is causing problems in many parts of the state. We examine what’s being done to entice more doctors to practice in rural Vermont. And we look at how this month’s Jewish and Islamic holidays are being observed in Vermont.
Vermont’s aging population is creating new dynamics in the workplace, with people working well past retirement age. We talk with Vermont companies that offer innovative programs to keep older workers happy on the job.