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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Biosimilars: The Precarious Struggle between Cost-driven Health Care Policy and Patient-centered Care

September 27, 2012 in Publications

Biosimilar drugs offer the very real possibility of providing patients with quality alternative medicines and enhanced treatments at better prices. But bringing biosimilar drugs to patients depends on achieving a transparent, predictable, competitive marketplace, protected by strong intellectual property and regulatory systems.

Key Findings

Limiting Lawsuit Costs Would Make Health Care More Affordable

September 26, 2012 in Publications

Everyone agrees the rising cost of health care in the United States is unsustainable. Last year Americans spent $2.4 trillion, or nearly 18% of our gross domestic product, on health care. Frivolous lawsuits against doctors and hospitals contribute significantly to these rising costs, with estimates as high as 10 to 20% of added health care costs caused by the legal system.

The Affordable Care Act Will Limit Medicare Access

September 25, 2012 in Blog

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) when passed into law in 2010 called for a $500 billion cut in Medicare over ten years. These cuts were on the provider side and would decrease payments to doctors, hospitals and some nursing homes. Substantial cuts would also occur in Medicare Part C, or Medicare Advantage, possibly eliminating this entire part of Medicare.

The updated cut is now at $716 billion over the ten years from 2012 to 2021 and will ostensibly pay for 40 percent of the PPACA.

Health Care: What's at Stake in Washington State?

September 21, 2012 in Events
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
7:30 am - 2:00 pm
Hilton Bellevue
300 112th Avenue S.E.
Bellevue, Washington

Washington Policy Center is pleased to co-present the Assiciation of Washington Business 2012 Health Care Forum.

Topics will include current status of federal health reform and an in‐depth look at the direction of the Washington State Health Exchange. Speakers include: Jeff Gingold, Gingold Law Firm, LLC.; Hadley Heath, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum; Neil Trautwein, Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel, National Retail Federation; Gary Chandler, VP Government Affairs; with additional speakers to be announced.

Policy expert to talk about Health Care Act at next Snoqualmie Chamber lunch

September 11, 2012 in In the News
Snoqualmie Valley Record
Snoqualmie Valley Record
Monday, September 10, 2012

The Public Deserves the Truth on the Medicare Debate

September 10, 2012 in Publications

The future of Medicare is now being debated by the presidential and vice-presidential candidates. A lot of charges and countercharges are being thrown about, but the American public deserves to know the facts in this debate.

Medicare began in 1965 as a taxpayer-funded health insurance program for people age 65 and older. Virtually all medical tests and procedures are covered. Seniors have variable out-of-pocket expenses.

Paul Guppy on KING 5's Up Front: The Debate over Medicare

Paul Guppy, vice president for research at Washington Policy Center, appeared on KING 5's new show "Up Front with Robert Mak" this weekend to discuss Medicare reform. Watch the short program:

The debate over Medicare

August 27, 2012 in In the News
KINg 5 News
KINg 5 News
Sunday, August 26, 2012