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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

November 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Midterm elections: There’s no mandate for GOP with such low voter turnout

Those who are saying that the midterm election results are some sort of mandate as to what to do, or not to do, about immigration and affordable health care are ignoring the fact that there was only about a 36 percent turnout of eligible voters [“Obama is being hypocritical,” Northwest Voices, Nov. 22]. Our…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: Democrats, health care, immigration

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 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 5, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Ebola: Health-care workers should self isolate when returning to the U.S.

Guest columnist Karin Huster wrote of the “flawless handling thus far of the latest case of Ebola in New York” [“Don’t let fear drive Ebola response,” Opinion, Nov. 1]. Is she kidding? New Yorkers have spent thousands of dollars trying to find all the people who were exposed to Ebola by that doctor. He…


Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola, health care, Karin Huster

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 15, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Ebola: Do more to prepare the public, not just health workers

Dr. Meagan Kay’s comment about having “a lot of confidence in our health system” in controlling the Ebola virus should bring some comfort to health care workers [“Ready for Ebola? Local health workers say yes,” Local News, Oct. 11]. They and their patients can be reasonably protected if the correct universal precautions are…


Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Bonnie Stone, disease, Ebola

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