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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…

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

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 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Jaime Herrera Beutler’s contradictory positions on health insurance coverage

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s suggestion that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with her baby’s survival procedure may be true technically but, in the bigger picture it is all about it [“Survival of Rep. Herrera Beutler’s child a celebrated case study,” Local News, Aug. 24]. Not only does she have great…

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Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, health care, jaime herrera beutler

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

June 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

VA scandal: Private care can reduce travel distance, waits

An excellent column on “Socialized system caused VA issues” [Opinion, June 17] by guest columnist Roger Stark, a health-care policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, who is also a retired physician. He has very valid points leading to: “There is no reason to duplicate our excellent private health-care system with a cumbersome, costly,…

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Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, Larry Brickman, VA

June 18, 2014 at 12:04 PM

VA health-care scandal: Stories of “socialized” care

Guest columnist Roger Stark’s criticism of the Veterans Affairs health-care system is, from all I read, legitimate ["VA wait-lists a result of socialized health care," Opinion, June 16]. However, blaming  government-operated “socialized medicine” for the problems at the VA is much too simplistic. The people who run the system cause the problem. Government-run universal health care and universal…

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Comments | More in Veterans | Topics: health care, James Behrend, Roger Stark

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