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BY EMILY CORWIN
High costs for routine medical labs at the University of Vermont Medical Center are pushing a growing number of medical providers in Chittenden County to look for alternatives out of state.
David Lynch, of Hinesburg, came down with a 103-degree fever last fall. He called his naturopathic doctor, who told him it was likely the flu.
Three days later, the fever was still there. His doctor recommended a flu test, and Lynch didn't think twice.
"I had a fever, I was ill, I just was doing what the doctor asked of me," he said.
His doctor dabbed a swab in Lynch's nose and sent the swab to the University of Vermont Medical Center to check for a handful of viruses. The doctor called the order "simple" and "routine." ...
After years of planning and permitting, construction is set to begin on Vermont’s second independent surgical center.
Crews may begin building the Green Mountain Surgery Center in Colchester before the end of this month, said project manager Amy Cooper. Opening is projected for this time next year, if all goes well.
The center has been the subject of debate regarding state licensing and regulation — talk that has resurfaced toward the end of the 2018 legislative session. But Cooper is hoping to get her project off the ground before any such decisions are made.
“Our center is a new experiment for Vermont,” Cooper said. “My take has always been, let’s go one step at a time here.”