6/24/2009--Seattle, WA, USA..Left to right: Fabian Jimenez, Sean Sessions and Hope Wiljanen in a meeting to study how to provide better 'patient centered' care and treatment for terminally ill patients who are part of the Group Health Cooperative. The Obama administration is looking at the Seattle-based Group Health as a possible national model, after lawmakers noticed Washington state's low health costs...Based in Seattle, Wash., Group Health Cooperative Group is a consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that coordinates care and coverage. Group Health and its subsidiary health carriers, Group Health Options, Inc. and KPS Health Plans, serve nearly 600,000 residents of Washington state and Idaho. Group Health's doctors work on salary, so there are no financial incentives to "do more" and the company is also a national leader in providing coordinated and preventive care, including using health information technology and innovative teamwork to support a personal relationship between a doctor and a patient...©2009 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.