Obamacare upheld! Now can I buy into the Japanese health system instead?
by Cyan James
They do it better in Japan. They do it better in Costa Rica, in Andorra, and even in Slovenia. No, I’m not talking about sex. I’m talking about living itself. Americans just don’t live that long. We come in a shabby 34th in global life expectancy rankings. The average Japanese citizen lives to 83.5 years old, five […]
Jun 28, 2012
Healthcare and LGBTQ debates collide in trans medical tourism
by Sara McCaslin
The Seattle Globalist is launching a new multimedia project on transgender health care in the U.S. and why Americans are traveling to places like Thailand for more affordable options. The project, called “The Cost of Gender” hits at the core of two of the most heated debates in the US: health care and LGBTQ rights.
Aug 29, 2012
Immigrant service providers frustrated with Healthplanfinder site
by Atoosa Sonia Moinzadeh
Local organizations like Sea Mar and Global to Local are hoping to seize on a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to get immigrants and refugees insured.
Dec 17, 2013
From hospitals to courtrooms, new tools to topple language barriers
by Ashley Walls
Imagine walking into an emergency room or doctor’s office needing medical care, and every sign and piece of paper handed to you is in a different language. You struggle to talk to the front desk clerk, who only speaks a broken version of your language. You take your best guess at how to fill in […]
Apr 29, 2014
Obamacare and open heart surgery from Guanajuato to Seattle
by Dale Terasaki
“Endocarditis,” Dr. Gutierrez declares in Spanish. “And you need surgery soon…” His voice grows faint and time seems to slow down. What began as a mild flu-like illness has culminated into this moment of shock in a Mexican hospital room. As a University of Washington medical student, my brain instinctively starts diagramming the disease: an […]
Apr 28, 2014
Seattle’s humanitarian drug trafficking ring
by Jessica Partnow
At the height of the AIDS crisis, nurse Carol Glenn ran a secret pipeline to get leftover drugs from Seattle to sick people in the developing world.
Dec 3, 2014
Drug recycling: crime or compassion?
by Jessica Partnow
Collecting unused meds and giving them to needy people overseas isn’t legal. But some Seattleites are doing it anyways.
Women of Color deserve a voice in the debate over Planned Parenthood
by Ijeoma Oluo
When conservatives and Planned Parenthood face off over abortion rights, you probably won't hear from those with the most at stake: women of color
Oct 1, 2015
Somali health fair confronts cultural barriers to care
by Sarah Stuteville
The third annual Somali health fair will provide culturally sensitive advice and services for a community with unique needs.
Nov 13, 2015
Redmond mosque opens health clinic for patients in need
by John Stang
The new monthly health clinic providing free or subsidized care for patients in need is first of its kind in Washington state to be based in a mosque.
Jul 19, 2016
Where was the real talk about lowering health care costs this election?
by Rachelle Parsloe
Why do Americans pay so much more for health care? The real problem neither Trump or Hillary are talking about.
Nov 8, 2016
Who needs access to health care?
by Tatiana Gill
Three comic artists illustrated the stories of people seeking treatment at a massive free health care clinic at Key Arena.
Dec 1, 2016
Pacific Island nationals in Washington could get health coverage help
by John Stang
Decades after the U.S. conducted nuclear tests at three Pacific Island nations, citizens still report chronic health issues.
Mar 8, 2017