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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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Washington Vaccine Association

September 28, 2010 in Blog

We discussed the Washington Vaccination Association (WVA) in a blog post dated September 10, 2010. The WVA offers an excellent opportunity to develop a new system to pick vaccines; specifically, allowing doctors to pick the vaccine of their choice which is in the best interest of their patients. Unfortunately, the WVA will use a selection committee to choose one vaccine in each disease category for state-wide administration. This will limit choice for providers and patients and will ultimately limit interest on the part of vaccine manufacturers. By selecting only one vaccine per category and limiting competition, the state will eventually drive manufacturers from the market. An unintended consequence of fewer manufacturers will be potential shortages of vaccines in high-use years.

Washington state provides "universal" vaccination and has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country

September 10, 2010 in Blog

The federal government has been actively involved with the purchase of vaccines for children since the Vaccination Assistance Act of 1965. This was expanded in 1993 with the passage of the Vaccination for Children program which allows the national Center for Disease Control to purchase vaccines for distribution to state agencies. Because of the huge purchasing power of the federal government, prices are dictated by the government and set low.

The Impact of Federal Health Care Reform on Young Adults in Washington State

August 20, 2010 in In the News
The Insider (Heritage Foundation)
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The Insider (Heritage Foundation)
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Friday, August 20, 2010

The Impact of Federal Health Care Reform on Young Adults in Washington State

August 19, 2010 in Publications

The new federal health care legislation will ultimately affect every person in the country, but it will have a unique impact on young adults. Washington state has approximately 1.5 million people ages 18 to 34. This group represents about 23 percent of the state’s population.

Taxing tans causing confusion, health risks

August 17, 2010 in In the News
Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

After passage, we learn the true cost of health care reform

August 16, 2010 in In the News
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Mandates Under Attack – McKenna Describes Ins and Outs of Lawsuit

July 23, 2010 in In the News
Washington State Wire
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Washington State Wire
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Monday, June 7, 2010

Law Professors All Wet, Says Attorney General – Health Care Suit Makes Sense

July 23, 2010 in In the News
Washington State Wire
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Washington State Wire
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Monday, June 7, 2010