GIS Health News Weekly: Services Costs, Software Costs, Local Pollution
Another Maps of Medical Costs Across the U.S.
According to a new cost-comparison map from Castlight Health shows the variation in medical prices across the U.S. It uses the price of four different services: a lipid panel, a CT scan (of head/brain), an MRI (of lower back), and an adult preventive primary care visit. Prices are defined as the employee cost-sharing plus the amount paid by the consumer.
Health GIS Not Imminent for Nova Scotia
While a local doctor likes the idea of a health GIS for prevention in Nova Scotia, higher ups say no go, at least for now.
Deputy Health Minister Peter Vaughan said the technology will not be available to doctors anytime soon.
He said it could cost the province up to $10,000 per year per user.
“That's a pretty significant cost when you add up the 2,500 physicians in the province and it's not something that we would again prioritize at this stage,” he said.
Recapping H1N1 in 2009
Mapping Local Air Pollution Better than the EPA
The southwest has the highest proportion of third graders who have had some form of tooth decay, with 75% of Arizona third graders, 73% of Texas third graders, and 71% of California third graders having tooth decay experience.
There is a weak, but existing, relationship between water fluoridation and tooth decay.