Economic Downturn and State Budget Woes Overshadow Seattle Health Care Market

Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher: Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): Glen P. Mays; Sally Trude; Lawrence P. Casalino; Laurie E. Felland

Research Area: Health

Type: Report

Coverage: Washington


In October 2002, a team of researchers visited Seattle to study that community's health system, how it is changing and the effects of those changes on consumers. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC),as part of the Community Tracking Study, interviewed more than 85 leaders in the health care market. Seattle is one of 12 communities tracked by HSC every two years through site visits and every three years through surveys. Individual community reports are published for each round of site visits. The first three site visits to Seattle, in 1996, 1998 and 2000, provided baseline and initial trend information against which changes are tracked. The Seattle market includes King, Snohomish and Island counties.