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Gazette opinion: 2% isn’t a solution for community mental health

Gazette opinion: 2% isn’t a solution for community mental health

The Mental Health Center that serves 11 counties of south central Montana lost about $200,000 on operations in the first 11 months of 2014. The governor’s executive budget proposal won’t bring the MHC out of the red over the next two years – unless changes are made.

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Robert J. Samuelson: U.S. health care spending slows, for now

WASHINGTON — Has the monster of exploding health costs finally been slain? After five years of slow spending growth, it's tempting to think so.

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Guest opinion: VA system has been unfairly maligned

One of the biggest — and most misunderstood — stories of 2014 was about the nation’s largest health care system, the Veterans Health Administration.

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Christmas donations needed for state patients

Gifts With A Lift is seeking donations to provide Christmas presents to patients in Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs. As of last week, the state’s only public psychiatric hospital had 237 patients. Two-thirds are men.

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Guest opinion: NRA takes aim against surgeon general nominee

Guest opinion: NRA takes aim against surgeon general nominee

The shadow of C. Everett Koop looms large at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Much has changed since he started here in 1946, but his fundamental discoveries in our discipline inform our work daily. And Koop was not reticent. Moved that even the littlest newborns with severe congenit…

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More sexually traumatized veterans will now have access to mental health care

More sexually traumatized veterans will now have access to mental health care

More veterans in need of mental health care because they were sexually assaulted or sexually harassed during their military service are now eligible for treatment, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday.

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No longer tethered to oxygen equipment, Billings woman plans Christmas waltz

No longer tethered to oxygen equipment, Billings woman plans Christmas waltz

Two months ago, Pat Miller relied on four to six liters of oxygen per minute for survival and could barely pad across her one-bedroom apartment.

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Program allows eligible veterans to receive care outside VA system

Program allows eligible veterans to receive care outside VA system

A program popular among Montana veterans that allows them to get medical care closer to home has been reauthorized by Congress through August 2016.

December 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New patients to Billings VA clinics wait average of 22 days for appointment

New patients to Billings VA clinics wait average of 22 days for appointment

Billings has two veteran clinics that span a total of more than 95,000 square feet and are worth more than $14 million, but some men and women are still having a hard time getting an appointment.

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Tester calls protracted search for VA director 'unacceptable'

Tester calls protracted search for VA director 'unacceptable'

The selection process for naming someone to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is taking “far, far too long,” U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said in a recent interview with The Billings Gazette. “It is unacceptable.”

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Flu, enterovirus have potential to cast pall over Thanksgiving travel, family gatherings

Flu season is settling in across Montana, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, travel and family gatherings.

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Retired doctor: 'New hospital is most important nonprofit project in modern history of community'

Retired doctor: 'New hospital is most important nonprofit project in modern history of community'

LIVINGSTON — Construction on a new, two-story, $43.5 million critical-access hospital and clinic is progressing on schedule and set to open by fall 2015.

November 25, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Options for home health care services expand in Yellowstone County

Options for home health care services expand in Yellowstone County

Yellowstone County residents who rely on health care services in their homes have a new Medicare-certified option — Senior Independence of Montana.

November 12, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Billings Clinic hosts diabetes lunch, learn

The Billings Clinic Diabetes Center is holding a free session called "Getting control of your health: diabetes prevention" presented by Dr. Jeanne Ortiz and registered dietitian Therese Hrncirik.

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Gazette opinion: A prescription for U.S. veterans’ urgent care

When Yellowstone County residents gather this morning to celebrate Veterans Day in the warm indoor ceremony at MetraPark, they will remember Montanans and other Americans who have served in past and present wars. A bell will ring at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, commemorat…

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Guest opinion: Yellowstone County health system readies safeguards against Ebola

Guest opinion: Yellowstone County health system readies safeguards against Ebola

Our local public health staff and the medical community have put enormous effort into preparing for the potential threat of Ebola in Yellowstone County. While Ebola remains a significant public health concern, fear of Ebola needs to be put in perspective. As your county health officer, I wan…

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Guest opinion: Montana should invest in federalism

The American experiment of federalism, and the proper role of the states versus the federal government, continues to evolve. Even though many of us are cautiously optimistic after this election that the federal government will improve, given the federal government's past inability to properl…

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Preterm birth rate improves in Montana, nation

Preterm birth rate improves in Montana, nation

For the seventh year, Montana’s preterm birth rate declined, giving more babies a healthy start — and earning the state a “B” grade on the 2013 March of Dimes Report Card.

November 06, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Children make up more than 10 percent of nation's organ donors

Children make up more than 10 percent of nation's organ donors

Of the 8,268 people in the United States who donated their organs last year, more than 10 percent were children under age 17.

November 05, 2014 12:20 am Video Photos

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Differentiating among influenza, enterovirus, Ebola can be confusing

Differentiating among influenza, enterovirus, Ebola can be confusing

A trio of headline-grabbing viruses — Ebola, enterovirus and influenza — have the potential to create a perfect storm of confusion among those falling ill because fever is a symptom of all three.

November 02, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

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