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More to health care than the price of a stitch | Letters

In response to the Feb.20 letter (“New era of health care? It is indeed” pg. 6) I agree health care is costly. However, Peace Island Medical Center’s charge of $100 per suture is a bargain.

Two years ago I met with an accident that required seven stitches in my leg. That trip to the ER at Olympic Medical Center, Port Angeles, cost me $139.97 per suture. I can only surmise that seven sutures at OMC in 2013 would be more costly than my 2011 bill.

While it is sometimes difficult to accept change — rural medical centers are finding the need to partner with larger medical facilities in order to keep their doors open. The residents of San Juan Island are fortunate to have their new medical center with all that it has available to them.

OMC in Port Angeles recently partnered with Swedish Medical Center, in Seattle. If that saves me from having to travel to Edmonds, Everett or Seattle for medical care, I am grateful.

While at your island’s new medical center gaze at the lovely woodwork, local art work and know you are getting a excellent care at bargain prices.

Donna Karls-MinerSequim, Wash.



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