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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Health care
February 18, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Medical transparency needs to become one of the nation’s top priorities

Recently, Gov. Jay Inslee proposed two new bills pushing for health-care cost transparency [“Make medical providers compete on price as well as quality,” Opinion, Feb. 6]. HB 1437 and SB 5084 would create an all-payer claims database that provides public access to cost and quality information about health-care providers and services. This means…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Gov. Jay Inslee, health, health care

December 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Surgeon general confirmation: Dr. Vivek Murthy is a vibrant spokesman

When the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new surgeon general [“Senate approves Obama pick for surgeon general,” Nation & World, Dec. 15], the American people gained a vibrant spokesman and strong proponent of our public health. As the youngest surgeon general in history, he will bring entrepreneurial and organizational…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Doctors for America, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Lisa Plymate

November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Congress: Republicans need to stop throwing mud and get to work

I think the latest round of Republican theatrics in Congress (suing the president) demonstrates a real lack of vision for the people of this country [“House GOP sues Obama administration on health law,” Nation & World, Nov. 21]. Throwing mud and sand at the president and all his ideas is not really a viable…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Congress, health care

November 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Obamacare: Courts shouldn’t be revising laws

Paul Krugman does not respect your readers. He asks us to believe that the language in the Affordable Care Act that specifies federal subsidies will be provided for those who purchase health insurance through state-run and not federal exchanges is due to sloppy drafting of the legislation [“Death by typo for Obamacare?” Opinion,…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: John Prueitt, Obamacare, paul krugman

November 6, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Health-care prices: Real costs are tied to the rate of reimbursement

The solution to transparency in health-care pricing would be solved in totality if the insurance companies were required to publish their “negotiated” rates to all providers [“State should follow Everett Clinic’s lead and create transparency in health-care prices,” Opinion, Nov. 3].  Without that information, institutional and office pricing rates are of limited value. Of course,…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: health care, insurance, Linda van Hoff

November 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Health care: Everyone deserves to have access to free care

Approximately 3,500 people came to the KeyArena Oct. 23-26 for free health care [“At KeyArena, they’re coming by the hundreds for free health care,” Local News, Oct. 23]. Medical, vision or dental services were provided by volunteer medical professionals: doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists, social workers, chiropractors, massage therapists, Naturopathics, many general support volunteers,…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, KeyArena

November 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Death with Dignity: Law includes respect for human life

Having been in a family practice for 43 years in a small King County community, I have witnessed and experienced the life and the death of patients and close friends first hand. I believe the “Death with Dignity” law that we have in the state of Washington is a great endeavor to provide compassion for…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Death With Dignity Act, Doctor-assisted suicide, health

October 9, 2014 at 5:56 AM

A much-needed boost for primary-care facilities in Washington

In response to the article “$7.5 million to boost care at low-income, minority health clinics in Wash.” [Local News, Sept. 12], I am happy to hear that more funding has been directed toward primary-care efforts and to access to care in rural and underserved communities. Dr. Roger Rosenblatt, a professor interviewed in this article,…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: health care, Pamela Heron, primary care

September 25, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Individuals and loved ones need to make end-of-life decisions

Thankfully, local end-of-life focus groups are currently and effectively making repairs to the ills of our broken health-care system [“Ending live on your terms,” Opinion, Sept. 24]. Yes, a 15-minute end-of-life talk with a doctor can spell out mechanical options at end of life. But a small group of caring individuals, gathered in…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: end-of-life care, health care, Paula Hopper

September 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Extend charity care to help debt-ridden patients

As someone with medical debt, I find it inexcusable that hospitals are using the gains of Obamacare as an excuse to slash their charity care programs [“Obamacare helps slash hospital charity costs in state,” Local News, Sept. 14]. My husband passed away from pancreatic cancer two years ago as a result of being underinsured. We were…


Comments | More in Health care | Topics: charity care, Franciscan Health System, health care

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