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TACOMA: TASC closure a loss for the community

Letter by Estelle I. Yamaki, M.D., Federal Way on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm with No Comments »
October 8, 2012 1:00 pm

The recent closure of Tacoma Ambulatory Surgery Center (TASC) doesn’t just herald another business failure but a significant loss to the community.

Over the past 30 years, TASC’s dedicated employees have consistently received nearly a 100 percent excellent rating by patients (over 60,000) for providing outstanding care, professionalism and compassion. Additionally, patients, insurance companies and employers have enjoyed significant financial savings (estimated at over $300 million) because surgery performed outside a hospital costs significantly less than using a hospital facility (usually one-third of the hospital cost).

It is ironic and sad that health care reforms and insurance policy changes in recent years have contributed to the extinction of so many private practices in favor of large hospital systems. I know it isn’t likely, but I continue to hope someday the pendulum will swing back in favor of patient preferences, better care and less expensive delivery systems.


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