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Washington's hospitals in financial trouble
A report released last week by the Washington State Hospital Association indicates that virtually every hospital in the state is in financial trouble. (here) A recent survey revealed that hospital revenues were up five percent... — Updated 8/4/2022
How does United States health care compare to other countries?
By The United States has a unique health care delivery system. Unlike other industrialized countries which all have some form of top-down, government-run system, the structure of medical care in the U.S. has evolved organically... — Updated 3/3/2022
"Unnecessary" care: Is it really a significant cost driver in our health care system?
Regardless of a person’s political views, we can all agree that rising cost is a major problem with our health care system. Last year, Americans spent 18 percent of our economy, or $3.6 trillion, on health care. The... — Updated 12/10/2020
Time to make funding for public mental health services a priority
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 p... — Updated 5/28/2015
Limiting lawsuit costs would help make health care more affordable
Everyone agrees the rising cost of health care in the United States is unsustainable. Last year Americans spent $2.4 trillion, or nearly 18 percent of our gross domestic product, on health care. Frivolous lawsuits against doctors... — Updated 10/19/2012