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Rethinking Portland: The costs of health care aren't just about money

...Those you see, those you don't - and what can be done

Almost everyone has a horror story about health care costs - mine is the $10,000 ibuprofen pill that left a hole in my stomach, as well as in my and my company's respective wallets to pay for 44 hours in the hospital, an endoscopy and two pints of blood (I thought I had the flu).

And almost everyone agrees the current health care system is broken, which is why our legislators are now wrestling with numerous reform plans and bills in Salem.

On Feb. 27, the Portland Tribune published Rethinking Portland: The Costs of Health Care as part of its ongoing, in-depth examination of issues facing our region. In the section, we looked at the hidden costs and the hard choices behind health care reform. We also took a look at what other cities and states are doing that may be worth copying.

If you missed the section, it's posted online at www.portlandtribune.com and www.localnewsdaily. com. You also can get a paper copy by calling our circulation department, 503-546-9810.

As always, we'd like to know how you think our region can become even better. Please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; comments also are accepted online at www.portlandtribune.com.

- Connie Pickett, Rethinking Portland editor