Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
April 9, 2008
Albany- The high cost of health care could kill you. Nearly 18 percent of Georgians have no health insurance.
A new study shows lack of insurance can prove deadly and about a thousand Georgians in 2006 died because they lacked health care. A report titled Dying for Coverage in Georgia from Families USA estimates 19 uninsured Georgians between 25 and 64 die each week because of a lack of care.
"The studies have shown clearly and this one included that people who don't have health insurance they use the ER's for their source of care and that is not continuity of care, said Dr. Jacqueline Grant, District Health Director.
Dr. Jacqueline Grant calls it fragmented care, what's done at clinics or the public health department where seeing the same doctor repeatedly isn't the case and they're only looking at a specific problem not the entire body.
"Every time they see a provider they're seeing someone different, that's only looking at not the whole person but that one complaint they're coming in," said Grant.
Of the nations uninsured, more than half say they don't have insurance because of the cost. More than 25 percent say, it's due to a lost job or change in employment and 15 percent said it was because their employer didn't offer it. In medicine, early detection is half the battle.
"If you check your blood pressure, if you check your glucose, and if you check for diabetes than you can help prevent chronic diseases," said Derrell Sabbs, Phoebe Community Benefits Coordinator.
Patients have to want to get the information and know where to find it, even then doctors say free clinics for the uninsured or under-insured aren't enough of a safety net.
"The net is full of holes because we don't actually, we provide certain preventative services but we don't provide all preventative services," said Grant.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources is beginning to keep numbers like this and expect to keep a watchful eye on what a lack of insurance may be costing south Georgians.
Last week, Georgia lawmakers hoped to help the situation by passing a measure to provide tax credits for individuals and companies who buy health care plans.