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Tag: Washington State Medical Association


GUNS: State doctors endorse Initiative 594

The Washington State Medical Association, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians and the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics all reviewed the facts and all endorse Initiative 594.

Why? Requiring criminal background checks on all gun sales is a common-sense public health initiative that will save lives in Washington, like in other states that have enacted similar requirements, and make our communities safer for families and children.

It is true that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Preventing a gun-related tragedy is far better than treating the physical and emotional consequences that result from even a

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MEDICINE: Physician, patient share role in controlling costs

Re: “When high-tech medicine costs more, it should deliver” (editorial, 3-22).

While your editorial talks specifically about gynecological robotics, the larger point of contributing factors to skyrocketing health care costs is a good one. But it’s important to take into consideration the cost of care for the whole patient – not just what is billed for the procedure.

Some of these more expensive technologies may cost more per procedure, but if the patient can resume work sooner and spend fewer days in the hospital, there are cost savings that need to be included in the overall cost assessment.


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