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.

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The Latest GAO Report Recommends More Federal Control of Medicaid

August 29, 2015 in Blog

Last month, the federal General Accounting Office (GAO) released its latest Medicaid report, which is detailed and relies on past reports for background.

Medicare and Medicaid at 50 - decades of increasing costs and diminishing services reveal the problems of socialized medicine

August 24, 2015 in Publications

Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious Great Society effort to end poverty. The original programs were designed to provide health insurance for all seniors 65 and older and for children of low-income families. Although opponents warned the programs were the first steps to socialized medicine, the law was supported by Democrats and Republicans.

Leaders in Health Care Finalists 2011

August 24, 2015 in In the News
Seattle Business Monthly
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CO-OPs Remain at Risk

August 17, 2015 in Blog

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, or CO-OPs, were placed in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as an alternative to the public option. During the health care debate in 2009, proponents of more government control wanted a program that would compete with private insurance companies, hence the public option.

The Free Market at Work in Health Care

August 11, 2015 in Blog

Based on terrific business models and strong consumer demand, new companies such as Uber and Airbnb are flourishing. Similar companies are now taking off in the health care arena.

The Proposed Washington State Medicaid Pilot Project

August 7, 2015 in Blog

Washington state health care officials have begun traveling around the state to introduce a new Medicaid pilot project. (here) They have a 30 day window, ending August 23rd, for public comment on the plan.

Vaccines are vital to children’s health, even for diseases that now seem rare

August 6, 2015 in Publications

Washington state has the questionable honor of being the location of the first measles death in the United States in 12 years.  So far this year, 178 U.S. residents have been diagnosed with the disease. 

A recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland brought further attention to the issue of vaccination rates among children. With widespread use of the current MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella), contracting measles, once a rite of passage for children, should be a disease relegated to the history books. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.