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.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, October, 2012
We now have two-and-a-half years experience with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or, as the President calls it, ObamaCare. During the debate in 2009 proponents told the American people to expect many benefits from the law in the following years.
The Congressional Budget Office reports that the health care cost crisis now threatens the U.S. economy. Whether through market forces or government intervention, wrenching changes are ahead for health care. These changes will be promising for some local companies and painful to many; none will go untouched. An understanding of the issues is important for every business leader.
The Executive MBA Program at UW's Foster School of Business has partnered with Premera Blue Cross to offer a day of insights. WPC's Center for Health Care is pleased to co-present this discussion.
Biosimilars: The Precarious Struggle between Cost-driven Health Care Policy and Patient-centered Care
Peter J. Pitts, Washington Policy Center Adjunct Scholar
Dr. Roger Stark, Washington Policy Center Health Care Policy Analyst
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.
Roger Stark, MD, FACS, Health Care Policy Analyst, September, 2012
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.
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.