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May 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Health-care costs: List pricing to make marketplace more competitive

Another step in fixing our broken health-care system was taken when the Everett Clinic began listing the “retail prices” for the basic procedures [“Everett Clinic starts listing some ‘retail’ prices online,” Local News, May 22]. Hospital procedure pricing lists would help create an open marketplace within the health-services industry, which would greatly benefit patients….

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Comments | More in Health care | Topics: costs, Elliot Jarvimaki, Everett Clinic

September 19, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Low-income families suffer from diaper shortage

Use cloth diapers Nuts! For little more than the cost of a box of the disposable ones, a family could buy a dozen cloth diapers that would last through the child’s entire toilet training period. [“Lack of diapers creates problems for families,” News, Sept. 16.] We raised seven happy, healthy kids in Seattle without ever using…

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Comments | More in Economy, Families | Topics: cloth, costs, diapers

September 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Efficient plant boosts Mazda manufacturing

Not the most efficient way Your gee-whiz story about the efficient Mazda plant, leaves the reader with plenty of “so what?” questions. [“Super-efficient plant gives boost to Mazda,” Business, Aug. 28.] Does the “stunning rate” of one car every 54 seconds on the assembly line produce better quality and fewer line stoppages? Going at a pell-mell…

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Comments | More in Business, Economy | Topics: costs, efficiency, japan

August 31, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Caring for the disabled in Washington

Time for realistic solutions Close the residential habilitation centers (RHCs) is not as simple as you think. [“Editorial: Reset inequity for state’s most vulnerable,” Opinion, Aug. 25.] The community needs to be improved and expanded. However, this should not be done at the risk of individuals leaving the RHCs or those awaiting services. Too often, the quest…

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Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Seattle | Topics: community living, costs, developmental disabilities

August 29, 2013 at 11:44 AM

David Walker speaks up about the national debt

Suggested solutions In the article about the national debt, David Walker mentions solving the problem doing something about health-care costs, changing the tax system and Social Security. [“Former top federal auditor sounds alarm on debt,” Business, Aug. 26.] The solutions are there right in front of us, but since most believe that growth, not sustainability, will…

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Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: americans, costs, credit