August 2014
In This Issue:
Informative online resources
Read the HCFA-WA Summer Newsletter online. 
Dr. Victor Fuchs article in The Atlantic, Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare? Why is US health care so expensive?
Seattle KEXP 'Mind over Matters' radio interview with Dr. Phil Caper, who spoke at the PNHP annual membership meetingHealth care reform and the need for Single-Payer. 
If you didn't have a chance last month, watch this presentation on the advantages of Single Payer for business: Business owner, former Pennsylvania State legislator and lifelong Republican, David Steil explains the logic, economic viability and advantages of a Single-Payer system for business owners.

oneFri. Aug. 1, Seattle, Phinney Ridge, 3pm-7pm Drop by to meet activists in the 36th LD: discuss, ask questions or find out how you can be involved in current activities. Learn more about the WHST and the future of Single Payer health care in Washington State! 


Location: Phinney Ridge Farmers Market in upper lot at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 98103

twoMon. Aug. 4, Seattle, 6pm, Health Care is a Human Right WA, General Committee meeting. Everyone is welcome to join in building this important coalition.
Location: WA State Labor Council building, 314 1st Ave W, Parking on the street or back lot 
threeAug 22 - 24, Oakland CA, Super Conference One Payer States (OPS) - We're fortunate that this annual conference takes place close to Seattle this year. It brings together Healthcare-NOW!, the Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care, and One Payer States. Join activists from around the country for a weekend of inspiration and strategy to win single-payer national health insurance! Workshops, presentations, receptions... 
See website for more detail of this schedule: Friday, 7pm-10pm and Saturday, 9am-12pm TWO TRACKS: 
  • Track #1: One Payer States plenaries and workshops 
  • Track #2: Labor Campaign for Single-Payer Health Care plenaries and workshops
Saturday, 12pm-6pm Joint keynote, plenary, and reception for all three organizations 

Sunday, 9am-2pm Joint Healthcare-NOW!/Labor Campaign workshops and closing plenary $60 registration fee


Dr. Victor Fuchs has written an excellent article clarifying reasons for the high cost of US health care. The Atlantic July 23, Why Do Other Rich Nations Spend So Much Less on Healthcare? 

"The biggest reason is that U.S. healthcare delivers a more expensive mix of services.
  • A much larger proportion of physician visits in the U.S. are to specialists who get higher fees and usually order more high-tech diagnostic and therapeutic procedures than primary care physicians.
  • Also, the U.S. has more stand-by equipment, for example, 1.66 MRI machines per 6,000 annual scans vs. 1.06 machines.
  • And, aggressive treatment of very sick elderly also makes the mix expensive. 
A second important reason for higher healthcare spending in the U.S. is higher prices for inputs such as drugs and the services of specialist physicians... The third and last important reason for higher spending in the U.S. is high administrative costs of insurance..." 

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