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.


Making Dollars and Sense Out of Drug Prices

October 13, 2015 in Publications

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as many other elected officials, are demanding that the government impose price controls on medicines as a way to bring down health care costs. In 2013, prescription drug costs accounted for just nine percent of overall health care expenses. In economics, setting price limits on goods and services always results in scarcity, with fewer of those things being produced and made available to consumers. This has been confirmed by the disastrous centrally-planned economies of communist countries.

Medicare and Medicaid at Fifty

September 3, 2015 in Publications

Medicare and Medicaid at 50 - decades of increasing costs and diminishing services reveal the problems of socialized medicine

August 24, 2015 in Publications

Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious Great Society effort to end poverty. The original programs were designed to provide health insurance for all seniors 65 and older and for children of low-income families. Although opponents warned the programs were the first steps to socialized medicine, the law was supported by Democrats and Republicans.

Vaccines are vital to children’s health, even for diseases that now seem rare

August 6, 2015 in Publications

Washington state has the questionable honor of being the location of the first measles death in the United States in 12 years.  So far this year, 178 U.S. residents have been diagnosed with the disease. 

A recent outbreak of measles at Disneyland brought further attention to the issue of vaccination rates among children. With widespread use of the current MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella), contracting measles, once a rite of passage for children, should be a disease relegated to the history books. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.

Time to make funding for public mental health services a priority

May 20, 2015 in Publications

The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded and consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social burden on American communities.

People with mental illnesses range from perfectly functional individuals to those with severe disabilities who are unable to care for themselves. The role of government is to serve as a safety-net and to help dysfunctional, impaired people who may do harm to themselves or others.