The state of Vermont is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, and it’s a problem that could get worse as more people access health care insurance.
One aim of the Affordable Health Care Act and Vermont’s new marketplace, Health Connect, is to insure more Vermonters. And surveys suggest that Vermont has an adequate supply of physicians per capita. But they are not evenly distributed throughout the state, and many are specialists, not primary care doctors. So Paul Bengtson, CEO of Northern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, is worried.
Doses of naloxone hydrochloride, also called Narcan, are displayed on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 in East Montpelier, Vt. The Vermont Health Department is launching a program to distribute an antidote for opium-based drug overdoses directly to addicts.
The Vermont Health Department is launching a pilot program to distribute an antidote for opium-based drug overdoses directly to addicts. The drug could potentially save the lives of those who would otherwise have to wait for professional medical care.
Within the next few weeks, a generic form of the drug Narcan will arrive at the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction and at the Howard Center in Burlington.
The Vermont Public Interest Research Group says over the years there have been improvements in toy safety, but the group says it still found some problematic items when it went shopping at Vermont stores.
VPIRG says among the holiday gifts in the toy aisle are some that are in violation of existing standards designed to protect children and others that the organization says are unsafe, even if they aren’t breaking any laws.
It occurred to me recently, as I was contemplating what to serve on Thanksgiving Day, that there was no refrigeration back in the days of the pilgrims. There were no 18-wheelers bring carrots from California or frozen turkeys from Texas. Although I have freezers and refrigerators, I may do things more like the Pilgrims than the average American. And it’s easy.
Governor Shumlin has admitted that it hasn’t been easy for users to sign up for insurance on the state’s new health care exchange. But users aren’t the only ones having problems.
We’ll talk to William Little, Vice President of Vermont MVP Health Care, and Don George, President and CEO at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont. We’ll ask them about the roll out of the exchange from their perspective, and the impact that further changes would mean to their companies.
The Vermont Board of Education will soon decide whether to continue requiring schools to keep a nurse on duty for every 500 students. That current ratio was dropped from a proposed revision of quality standards. But at public meetings, many spoke out in favor of maintaining the minimum ratio.
In fact, nurses in some small rural schools believe the 500-to-1 ratio is already too high, because their students need a lot of individual attention.
Imagine that a stroke victim has just entered the emergency room of one of Vermont’s smaller hospitals. Immediate treatment is critical if several life saving drugs are going to be administered. The hospital has well trained emergency room doctors on staff but can’t afford to have a stroke neurologist.
They quickly turn on a two-way video system and dial up one the state’s leading stroke experts at Fletcher Allen who can make a visual evaluation of the patient and recommend a specific course of treatment.