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Study: Affordable, quality health care tops list of consumer concerns

BY Antoinette Alexander

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Access to good and affordable health care is the No. 1 concern of Americans today, trumping national security, national debt, improving the quality of education, gun violence and protecting privacy rights, according to a survey recently conducted for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

The survey, conducted by Morpace Market Research and Consulting, captured opinions from 1,000 consumers across the United States ages 21 years to 64 years old with health insurance. Respondents answered questions about different types of healthcare providers, access and cost. Significant findings include:

  • More than 50% of consumers believe there are not enough physicians to provide health care;
  • More than 40% are concerned about being able to get appointments when they need them;
  • More than 41% experience long wait times in the doctor’s office;
  • More than 20% are treated but not educated about their health care; and
  • More than 94% are willing to be seen by a physician assistant instead of a physician.

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is designed to improve access for the previously uninsured or underinsured, this survey shows that those who already have health insurance are concerned about what the future holds, with almost half (47.3%) expecting their healthcare costs to increase, and 51% indicating they believe there will be too few healthcare providers to meet patients’ needs over the coming decade.

“Improving the affordability of health insurance for the previously uninsured is clearly an admirable aim, but as millions of newly insured begin to seek more care and as the boomers continue to age and consume more healthcare services, people are understandably worried that there will not be a doctor readily available when they need one,” said NCCPA board chairman James Cannon. “Certified physician assistants are a big part of solving the issue of access to health care, as they can do most things a doctor can do. As more patients enter the market seeking health care, PAs are well positioned to meet these demands by providing high-quality care and educating patients on how to best manage and improve their own health.”

“The model for health care going forward is to deliver the right care at the right time at the right cost,” Cannon said. “Certified physician assistants are key players in this complex equation, delivering quality patient care and cost-effective outcomes in every specialty and clinical setting in the United States.”

When asked what factors are most important when considering to whom to entrust their health care, the most often cited responses mentioned qualifications, certification, knowledge and competence. Other often-cited factors included willingness to listen, communication skills and availability.

 

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Retailers announce relief efforts to help those affected by Washington landslide

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Looking to help those victims, families and communities affected by the devastating landslide that occurred in late March in Oso, Wash., several industry players have announced relief efforts.

Among the retailers stepping up to the plate is Seattle-based Bartell Drugs. In conjunction with the Salvation Army, Bartell Drugs has announced that it is accepting donations to support ongoing relief efforts for those affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County.

Bartell Drugs, which owns and operates 63 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, has pledged $10,000 to match customer contributions with a donation to Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.


“When tragedies like this occur, the Salvation Army’s staff and volunteers are focused on the needs of individuals, families and first-responders,” stated Bartell Drugs chairman and CEO George Bartell. “Donations by our customers, along with our company’s matching pledge, will be committed to on-the-ground recovery efforts in Oso and surrounding communities.”



In addition, the Rite Aid Foundation is making a $15,000 donation to the Snohomish County chapter of the American Red Cross.

"Our hearts go out to the victims, families and communities affected by the landslide," stated Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and COO and president of the Rite Aid Foundation. "As rescue efforts continue and rebuilding begins, it’s important that the people of Oso and the neighboring areas know they aren’t alone during their time of need. We hope that our donation can help make it just a little easier for those who have been impacted the most."

Rite Aid operates 17 stores in Snohomish County and an additional 121 across Washington.

Walgreens has stated that it will make a $25,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Oso Mudslide Relief Fund.  In addition, during the next two weeks customers shopping at any Walgreens store in Washington, Oregon, Montana and Northern Idaho will have the opportunity to make donations to the relief fund in increments of $1, $5 or $10.

“Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Oso who suffered such devastating losses and to the emergency personnel who responded to this disaster and continue to aid in recovery efforts” stated Sue Bandurraga, Walgreens market VP for Seattle and surrounding communities.  “We are happy to make our stores throughout the region available to our generous customers who wish to make a contribution for our neighbors in Snohomish County.”
 

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Derma e hires new Canadian sales manager

BY Antoinette Alexander

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Skin care company derma e has hired Adina Fast as Canadian sales manager.

With Canada as the second-largest market for derma e products, this role will help the company support and expand its North American business, the company stated.

Fast comes to derma e with more than 32 years of experience in the natural products industry. Her career includes sales and account management roles at companies such as Vita Health and Purity Life Health Products.

In her new position, Fast will be responsible for the growth of the derma e brand in Canada. This includes territory development, account management, broker team management and execution of tactical retail programs.    

 

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