Columnist Charles Wohlforth is taking on the cost of the Alaska health care industry in an occasional series of columns that began in August 2016. Here are past installments.
Teasing apart the causes of Alaska's off-the-charts health care costs won't be easy, but we must solve the problem for our economic survival.
The medical economics that patients hate hurt private practice doctors, too.
Self-employed individuals and small-business people are giving up or making huge compromises because they cannot afford health insurance.
Some Alaska medical specialists charge as much as 10 times more than doctors in Seattle. Because they can.
Monopolies in some specialties, and state regulations, allow astronomical health care costs in Alaska
The true impact of the health care cost crisis is not felt by those who could fix it.
Providence is not unique in doing well — Alaska hospitals generally make profits that are twice the national average.
When combined with a team approach, evidence shows that managed care can save money and deliver good results.
With Alaska legislators still trying to get up to speed on the issue, wealthy doctors and their lobbyists are likely to fend off reforms that could harm their bottom line.
Medicaid expansion is key to addressing the opioid crisis. Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan could hold the swing vote to stop its repeal.
The Republican plan to replace Obamacare would worsen Alaska's recession and cripple our ability to build a post-oil economy.
With no progress addressing Alaska's spiraling health care costs, a study due in June has become the best hope for something to try.
Friends helped an elderly amputee get home when Alaska's mixed-up medical system couldn't let him go.
An operation to address a hereditary condition is excluded by insurance, forcing sacrifice on an Anchorage family that can ill afford it.
The decision facing Congress in health care legislation will affect every Alaskan. It could make a troubled system much worse.
Alaskans' extreme medical spending isn't driven by personalized care from the providers we see the most. Here's the consequence of that for one doctor.
A team of seven helps resolve tough problems, reducing waste. But the results of those savings may go to improved health rather than lower cost.
The barriers preventing a government-run health care system aren't only political, they are also economic and social.
Here's my response to readers who support a single-payer health care system and disagree with my opposition to pursuing it.