Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The cost of colonoscopies, MRIs, CT scans and mammograms can shift a lot from place to place.
It costs more than $1,000 extra to get a CT Scan in Suffolk County than in neighboring Middlesex County. That's according to data from New Choice Health, a private company that encourages people to become smarter healthcare consumers. With Boston's premiere hospitals and large health care organizations, the higher price tag on four common procedures is not entirely surprising. But Middlesex County's prices fall below the state average, making a short trip north and west of the city a potential money saver. These big regional differences have been in the news lately: As the Washington Post wrote on Wednesday, "One hospital charges $8,000—another $38,000." Using the same data as the Post, The New York Times listed out the prices of a series…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Boston voted for Elizabeth Warren and owns more hybrid cards than the state average.
Boston is blue and green: That’s what we found when comparing data from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to the vote in the 2012 U.S. Senate race. You can see the results in the map above: Large circles suggest towns with more hybrid ownership per capita, and the red/blue color suggests which way those towns voted last year. In Boston, 21.7 of every 1,000 vehicles is a hybrid, compared to the state average of 18. Patch’s research suggests the state has a good number of what might be called “green Republican” communities. More than 40 percent of the communities where Republican Scott Brown carried the vote have an above average numbers of hybrids. The data is a nice rebuttal to the national trends of hybrid/GOP separation: …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thanks to Winter Storm Nemo, Charlestown is expecting up to 3 feet of snow this weekend. See how many inches have fallen in your area with the live map below.
The map above, provided by the National Weather Service, shows snowfall in the past 24 hours. It is updated every six hours. This is not a map showing overall snow depth: It only tracks the amount of snow that has fallen in the past day. Measuring the snowfall in your own backyard? Share your numbers in the comments section below or tweet @CharlestwnPatch. For updates and other information about the Feb. 8-9 winter storm, see Charlestown Patch's storm center. CHARLESTOWN PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates