LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Health insurance fraud

Something needs to be done about all the health insurance fraud that is going on in this state, perpetuated by the medical profession. My daughter’s new doctor’s office (I won’t say who because I am not done with this yet) made her make an appointment to get paperwork filled out and billed it as a […]

Senate bill akin to socialized medicine

A recent column by a local doctor lauded SB 227, a price-fixing scheme that shakes down insurance companies who might operate here. (“State of health care in Delaware” July 21) So, SB 227 forces insurance companies to charge above-market rates to consumers here in order to overpay doctors for substandard care. But, there is no […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Alarming change in health care rules

Any day now, the federal government will once again let short-term health insurance plans last for 364 days, instead of capping them at three months like it’s been done since 2017. Short-term health plans are supposed to bridge unexpected gaps in health insurance coverage, but Americans became increasingly reliant on them after major provisions of […]

COMMENTARY: State of health care in Delaware

I pass a storefront marquee on my way to work that often displays cheerful and pithy yet poignant anecdotes. It has reminded me “chance favors the prepared mind” (Louis Pasteur) and “optimism is the faith that leads to achievement” (Helen Keller). Recently, the message suggested “politics is too serious a matter to be left to […]

Highmark seeks 5.7% increase for Obamacare

DOVER — The Department of Insurance announced Wednesday Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware is seeking a 5.7 percent rate increase for the 2019 Marketplace. Established through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the Marketplace is set up to allow individuals without health care to buy plans. The requested increase would not […]

Good and bad news in annual cancer report

DOVER — Although Delaware’s cancer mortality rate fell by 12 percent between the periods of 2000 to 2004 and 2010 to 2014, its incidence rate is the second highest among all 50 states. Despite the decrease in mortality rate, it remains higher than the national average, the state announced Monday. Officials attributed the high incidence […]

PAM Rehabilitation Hospital part of health care boom in Dover

DOVER — A sparkling new PAM (Post Acute Medical) Rehabilitation Hospital is quickly taking shape at 1240 McKee Road, near the corner of College Road in northwest Dover. Once the state-of-the-art 42,000-square-foot acute rehabilitation hospital is completed — anticipated to be open by December — it will provide comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy services […]

Center at Eden Hill marks grand opening

DOVER — Following initial treatment for some maladies, hospital to home isn’t always the best path. Recovering to the point of independence isn’t always as quick as expected or hoped for. Enter The Center at Eden Hill, where physical rehabilitation and/or continued nursing care is provided for an optimal range of one to three weeks. […]

COMMENTARY: Stemming the tide of rising health costs in Delaware

Over the next several weeks, as we complete another budget debate in Dover, we should not lose sight of Delaware’s long-term challenges and of one issue in particular: the rising cost of health care. The projected growth rate for state spending on health care services will more than double our expected growth rate in available […]

Girl Scouts learn about nursing careers at Beebe Healthcare

LEWES — The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare hosted Girl Scouts in an educational event April 21 to educate them about the nursing profession. The fourth annual nursing exploration workshop, created in 2013 by faculty member Morgan Mast, MSN, RN, CNE, promotes nursing through the use of skill stations where the […]