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UW med school again ranked first for primary care education

University of Washington’s medical school again tops the U.S. News & World Report ranking of best graduate schools for primary care education. The UW School of Medicine has been ranked first 23 of the past 24 years.

House Call: The benefits of a primary care physician

If you are young and healthy it can be it can be hard to see what advantages there are to having a primary care physician. Having a primary care doc provides what we call continuity of care. We have a record of your vital signs and health needs from year to year and if there is a change it can be a flag that something unusual is going on in your body even though you feel fine.

Gov. Otter proposes $30M plan for Idahoans in health coverage gap

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to unveil a new $30M plan to provide at least some primary care to the 78,000 Idahoans who currently fall into the coverage gap - they make too much to qualify for Medicaid, since Idaho hasn't chosen to expand Medicaid, and too little to qualify for subsidized health coverage through the state insurance exchange. Otter's unveiling this at the AP legislative preview on Thurs. morning. It wouldn't expand Medicaid.

Editorial: Regardless of who runs medical school, goal is more physicians

In medicine, the goal is coordinated care. In politics, supplying doctors in the places they’re most needed begins with tying shoelaces together. The upshot of this clumsiness produces battles like the one between Huskies and Cougars. No offense to the alums of the University of Washington or Washington State University, but we need more medical school graduates, regardless of the tassel’s hue. And we need them to locate in rural and other underserved settings as primary care doctors.

Valley Fire to get new building

The Spokane Valley Fire Department will break ground Monday on a $3.7 million project that includes a new administration building at 2120 N. Wilbur Ave. in Spokane Valley. Meridian Construction, Inc., of Spokane Valley, is the general contractor for the new building and for remodeling and expanding the district’s training tower, at 2411 Pioneer Lane near Sullivan Road.