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.

Press Releases

Roger Stark Joins Washington Policy Center as Health Care Policy Analyst

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

Health Care Conference Tomorrow Will Feature Interactive Elway Polling and Address Medicaid Reform and other Cutting Edge Health Care Issues

Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, along with the state's leading business organizations and health care companies, is sponsoring their 5th Annual Health Care Conference, "Emerging Trends in Health Care,"  a half-day conference, tomorrow, June 14th from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

New Publication Will Help Employers Determine if Health Savings Accounts Work for Their Employees

Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, published a new pocketbook guide for employers who want to know more about Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

Sold-Out Health Care Conference Sets the Stage for Blue Ribbon Commission

Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the State's premier public policy research organization held it's 4th Annual Health Care Conference, "Moving Health Care Forward: Tools and Techniques for a Healthier Washington," today in SeaTac. At the sold-out Conference, attended by over 250 people, business owners, legislators, agency and legislative staff, patients, doctors and industry representatives debated long-standing health care issues as well as newer challenges arising because of developments in medicine and technology.

4th Annual Health Care Conference Addresses New Massachusetts Plan

Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, is sponsoring their 4th Annual Health Care Conference, "Moving Health Care Forward: Tools and Techniques for a Healthier Washington," a half-day conference, Tuesday, June 6th from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the SeaTac DoubleTree Hotel, 18740 International Blvd. SeaTac.

WPC Opens New Center for Health Care Reform with Hiring of Director

Seattle - Washington Policy Center, Washington's premier free-market public policy research and education organization welcomes Tanya Karwaki as the new Center for Health Care Reform Director. This marks WPC's fourth research center, following the openings of the Center for Environmental Policy, WashingtonVotes.org, and the Center for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The Center for Health Care Reform will be formally announced at our June 6th Health Care Conference, "Moving Health Care Forward: Tools and Techniques for a Healthier Washington."

Prescription Drug Labeling Rule will be simpler to understand and still keep safeguards intact for patients

Seattle - Washington Policy Center today applauded this week's announcement by the Food and Drug Administration to make prescription drug labels easier for patients to understand. This new labeling will ensure that important information such as a drug's uses, correct dosage, and warnings of side effects and drug interactions will be easier for a patient to read and find on the prescription.

New Study Highlights the Failure of Washington's Medical Certificate of Need Program

Seattle - Washington's Certificate of Need law should be repealed is the conclusion of Washington Policy Center's new study released today, "The Failure of Government Central Planning: Washington's Medical Certificate of Need Program." John Barnes, the study's author and policy analyst at Washington Policy Center, takes a critical look at Washington's Certificate of Need (CON) Program and other CON programs around the country in this comprehensive new study.

Doctors vs. Lawyers

Seattle - Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy organization, today released a new study, Overview of Initiatives 330 and 336: Proposals to Reform Washington's Medical Liability Law. Paul Guppy, Vice President for Research at the center, presents research on the implications of Initiatives 330 and 336 in this policy brief. Both initiatives, appearing on the ballot this November, make competing proposals for reforming Washington's medical liability law.

Health Care Conference Features First Major Medical Malpractice Initiatives Debate

Washington Policy Center, the state's premier public policy research and education organization, is sponsoring Health Care 2005: Empowering Patients, Controlling Costs, a half-day conference tomorrow, Thursday, June 16th from 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Seattle Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue.