Health Care

WPC's Center for Health Care develops patient-centered solutions to reduce costs and improve the availability and quality of health care for businesses and individuals, providing the only detailed, independent critique of health care issues available in the Northwest.

About the Center for Health Care

The Center for Health Care

Launched in 2006, The Center for Health Care develops solutions to reduce costs and improve the availability and quality of health care for businesses and individuals, providing the only detailed, independent critique of health care issues available in the Northwest. We believe that it is critical for legislators, media, and citizens to be informed of health care issues impacting consumers. The Center hosts an Annual Health Care Conference at the beginning of the Summer as well as publishing studies and commentaries, and is a continuing resource for Washington citizens.

Top Policy Recommendations for 2013

  1. Reform Medicaid.  Ask Congress to let states receive Medicaid funding in the form of flexible block grants, to allow Medicaid recipients to choose vouchers to give them control over their own health care dollars, and strengthen the social safety net by targeting Medicaid eligibility to those who need it most.
  2. Reduce the burden of state mandates and lower the cost of health coverage for individuals and small groups, and maintain access to association health plans.
  3. Enact commonsense tort reforms that lower health care costs, such as capping non-economic jury awards, ending joint and several liability restrictions, and encouraging independent arbitration to resolve medical injury disputes.

Dr. Roger Stark

Roger Stark, MD, FACS, is the Center for Health Care Policy Analyst. He is the author of the book The Patient-Centered Solution: Our Health Care Crisis, How It Happened, and How We Can Fix It. Dr. Stark graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and moved to the Pacific Northwest where he completed his general surgery residency in Seattle and his cardiothoracic residency at the University of Utah. After practicing in Tacoma he moved to Bellevue and was one of the co-founders of the open heart surgery program at Overlake Hospital. He has served on the hospital's governing board. He retired from private practice in 2001 and became actively involved in the hospital’s Foundation, serving as Board Chair and Executive Director. Dr. Stark has been a member of many local and national professional societies. He currently serves on the Board of the Washington Liability Reform Coalition and is an active member of the Woodinville Rotary. He and his wife live on the Eastside and have children and grandchildren in the area.

Contact Information

For questions or to receive e-mail updates from the Center for Health Care please e-mail Policy Analyst Roger Stark, MD, rstark [at] washingtonpolicy [dot] org.