People or Profits? Providence St. Peter Hospital Fails in its Charitable Mission

In 2005, Washington Citizen Action (WCA), a statewide grassroots membership-based organization, began to investigate complaints from its constituents about the billing practices at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. While WCA heard few complaints about the quality of care provided by the staff at Providence St. Peter’s, many uninsured and underinsured patients have expressed concerns about unfair billing practices at the hospital and a lack of access to the hospital’s charity care programs.

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Searching For Work That Pays: 2005 Northwest Job Gap Study

The Northwest Job Gap Study calculates a basic family budget for different family structures. Based on this “living wage,” the study then estimates the number and proportion of job openings that provide a sufficient wage to support and individual or a family’s basic needs without relying on public assistance.

Closing the Gap: Solutions to Race-Based Health Disparities

The report documents the persistent problems experienced by communities of color attempting to access health care services across the nation. With a review of the latest research on health disparities, in-depth field research and comprehensive case studies, Closing the Gap reinvigorates the debate over what may be the nation’s greatest public health challenge – the persistent racial divide in access to comprehensive, quality health services.

Insure Idaho! The Private Health Insurance System is Failing Idaho’s Families and Small Businesses

More and more Idahoans have no health insurance. And more and more insured Idahoans are insured only on paper. The health insurance crisis has serious consequences for the physical well-being of Idahoans, for the financial security of families, and for the overall economic viability of the state.

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The Best Medicine at the Best Price: Pooling Rx Purchases in Idaho

Prescription drug costs are rising rapidly across the nation and in all types of health care programs. To deal with these costs, many states have started negotiating lower prescription drug prices from the extremely profitable pharmaceutical companies – and they are already saving money. Larger volume purchasers can negotiate larger savings, so states are creating large purchasing pools. By using multi-agency and multi-state prescription drug purchasing pools and/or preferred drug lists, states have projected or realized savings of 5 to 15 percent of their total prescription drug costs.

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The Best Medicine at the Best Price: Pooling Rx Purchases in Washington State

Prescription drug costs are rising rapidly across the nation and in all types of health care programs. To deal with these costs, many states have started negotiating lower prescription drug prices from the extremely profitable pharmaceutical companies – and they are already saving money. Larger volume purchasers can negotiate larger savings, so states are creating large purchasing pools. By using multi-agency and multi-state prescription drug purchasing pools and/or preferred drug lists, states have projected or realized savings of 5 to 15 percent of their total prescription drug costs.

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