Opinions

Series of columns explores Alaska’s extreme health care costs

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.

  1. /opinions/2016/08/01/how-health-care-costs-are-bleeding-alaska-dry/
  2. /opinions/2016/08/13/a-doctors-quest-to-remain-human-within-an-insane-medical-system/
  3. /opinions/2016/09/05/alaskas-extreme-health-care-costs-destroy-economic-opportunity-and-warp-lives/
  4. /opinions/2016/09/10/some-alaska-medical-specialists-charge-as-much-as-10-times-more-than-seattle-because-they-can/
  5. /opinions/2016/10/17/health-care-divides-alaskas-haves-and-have-nots-and-the-haves-are-in-charge/
  6. /opinions/2016/12/26/nonprofit-providence-alaska-medical-center-is-getting-rich-on-the-health-care-crisis/
  7. /opinions/2016/12/28/how-to-transform-alaskas-health-care-system-to-something-we-can-afford/
  8. /opinions/2016/12/31/50-lobbyists-stand-between-alaskans-and-health-care-reform/
  9. /opinions/2017/03/03/moms-of-opioid-addicts-touched-sullivans-heart-but-will-he-use-his-vote-to-help-them/
  10. /opinions/2017/03/13/health-care-changes-would-make-alaskas-recession-deeper/
  11. /opinions/2017/04/14/legislature-hopes-for-a-good-idea-to-solve-the-health-cost-crisis-and-not-much-else/
  12. /opinions/2017/04/25/young-doctors-quest-for-justice-leads-to-a-vietnam-veterans-east-anchorage-trailer/
  13. /opinions/2017/06/12/insurance-wont-pay-for-surgery-that-could-save-barbara-ross-life/
  14. /opinions/2017/06/28/nothing-is-bigger-for-alaska-than-this-health-care-vote/
  15. /opinions/2017/07/03/my-doctor-has-a-radical-plan-to-keep-her-small-medical-practice-alive/
  16. /opinions/2017/07/14/in-our-confusing-medical-system-this-innovative-approach-helps-patients-get-the-right-care/
  17. /opinions/2017/08/02/single-payer-is-a-nice-dream-that-distracts-from-realistic-health-care-solutions/
  18. /opinions/2017/08/09/alaska-needs-its-very-own-health-care-solution/

Charles Wohlforth

Charles Wohlforth was an Anchorage Daily News reporter from 1988 to 1992 and wrote a regular opinion column from 2015 until 2019. He served two terms on the Anchorage Assembly. He is the author of a dozen books about Alaska, science, history and the environment. More at wohlforth.com.

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