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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What is Insurance?

November 8, 2008 in Publications

Insurance is heavily regulated in Washington. Some level of state regulation is essential for insurance to be effective and to protect consumers against fraud. At the same time, too much regulation drives up prices, stifles competition and reduces choice and affordability for consumers. In the heat of these policy debates, the real meaning of insurance is often lost, and it becomes easy for policymakers in Olympia to forget why people need insurance in the first place.

Health Care Will be Expensive as Long as Someone Else is Paying for It

September 1, 2008 in Publications

The fundamental problem with the health care system in this country is the cost. We spend 17% of our gross domestic product, or nearly $2.2 trillion, on health care each year in the United States. Most proposals to reform health care delivery offer a way to control these expenses through the use of more regulations, “better” medicine, and ultimately, a government managed system.

What Works and What Doesn’t: A Review of Health Care Reform in the States

August 7, 2008 in Publications

Since the failure of HillaryCare at the national level in the early 1990s a number of states, including Washington, have made attempts at health care reform of their own. Each of these have been based on some form of government-managed system, generally including an open-ended taxpayer funding commitment combined with a generous set of mandated benefits.

Health Care Reform that Works

August 7, 2008 in Publications

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have been available since January 1, 2004. They originated as a provision to the Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (Medicare Part D), signed into law in December 2003.

The General Election Debate Over Health Reform Begins

July 16, 2008 in Publications

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain are gearing up for a general election battle – barring a surprise surge by Sen. Hillary Clinton – in which they will offer very different visions for health care reform.

Special Evening Reception for Our Whatcom County Area Supporters

June 3, 2008 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
Time: 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Place: 
Bellingham, WA

This special reception and wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session was for our supporters and those interested in learning more about our work.  The recently completed Session was discussed, with a focus on how it will affect you and your business.  WPC’s president and research center directors gave reviews of their work during Session, including publications on the state budget, taxes, health care, transportation, the environment and ways to improve the business climate.  They also presented the top issues to look for during the remainder of this busy election year and previ

6th Annual Health Care Conference

May 13, 2008 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008
Time: 
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Place: 
DoubleTree SeaTac
Seattle, WA

Grace-Marie Turner of the Galen Institute was this years keynote speaker. She is a member of the National Advisory Council of Healthcare Research and Quality and recently served as a member of the President’s Medicaid Commission, charged with making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid. Grace-Marie discussed the presidential candidates’ health care plans.

Read the full Policy Note here

Roger Stark Joins Washington Policy Center as Health Care Policy Analyst

in Press releases

Seattle – Washington Policy Center (WPC) has hired Roger Stark, MD, as Health Care Policy Analyst for the new Center for Health Care.

2008 Health Care Conference

April 2, 2008 in Publications

Held on May 13, Washington Policy Center’s sixth annual half-day conference on Health Care provided a valuable forum for the discussion of this increasingly important subject.  The conference brought together over 320 attendees—from legislators and physicians to business people and insurance industry leaders. The conference began with a legislative briefing on the work of the legislature and executive branch in this field, and continued through panels on health care reform in other states, new trends in health care and innovations in health information technology.

Special Evening Reception for Our Pierce County Area Supporters

April 1, 2008 in Events
Date: 
Tuesday, April 1st, 2008
Time: 
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Place: 
DoubleTree Tacoma
Tacoma, WA

Washington Policy Center (WPC) along with our board member Len Zarelli, hosted a special reception and wrap-up of the 2008 Legislative Session for our supporters and those interested in learning more about our work. The event included discusions about the recently completed Session, focusing on how it will affect you and your business. WPC’s president and research center directors gave reviews of their work during Session, including publications on the state budget, taxes, health care, transportation, the environment and ways to improve the business climate.