Health Headlines for November 15, 2021

The real cost of health care in New York

Crain’s NY ($)

Rankings tout the best hospitals to receive cancer care or treatment of a heart attack. But tools are scarce for patients who want to choose a hospital based on costs.

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Altered State: A checklist for change in New York State

Empire Center

Report: the state’s heavy taxation and regulation of health insurance makes private coverage harder to afford, pushing more New Yorkers into Medicaid.

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WNY officials warn of increasing COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Spectrum News

Erie County and Monroe County leaders teamed up to urge the public to take precautions amid rising COVID-19 cases in the Western New York and Finger Lakes regions.

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NY should ban liens on patients’ homes over medical debts

Syracuse.com

Editorial Board: While people can’t be thrown out of their homes over their hospital debts, the liens destabilize their finances, make them more vulnerable to foreclosure and lead to worse health outcomes.

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New safety grades show how NY hospitals performed before, during COVID-19 panedmic

LoHud

New York hospitals received mixed safety grades from a consumer watchdog group that analyzed conditions before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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