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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: 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,…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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

August 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler opposes Affordable Care Act despite daughter’s medical needs

Congresswoman’s vote against the act is selfish Reading the article about Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s child, Abigail, left me with mixed feelings [“Lawmaker’s child beat the odds,” NWSunday, Aug. 24]. On one hand I felt happiness that the child has a chance for a healthy life, but on the other hand how could her mother…

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

August 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

State medical school: Look for other sources of primary care

What we need is a new primary-care school [“Washington state needs another medical school,” Opinion, Aug. 13]. Primary care does not have to be done by physicians. And since reimbursements and salaries are much higher for medical specialists than they are for primary-care people, training more physicians would not likely improve the primary-care shortages…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Frank K. Mitchell, health care, medical school

August 5, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Proposed Swedish development not right for Cherry Hill neighborhood

How quaint of Andy Cosentino to refer to the proposed Swedish-Sabey development as a “campus” [“Swedish Cherry Hill must grow for health of community,” Opinion, Aug. 3]. In 1909, the City of Seattle allowed a hospital to be built in our residential neighborhood so it could be away from the noise and congestion…

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Andy Cosentino, Cherry Hill, Swedish Hospital

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