Prescription services provide poor areas in Pennsylvania an alternative to health
PITTSBURGH (May 16, 2016) – Hospitals and medical doctors are leaving poor areas in Pennsylvania, where the population is at an increased risk for health problem, according to CNN Money,
- According to the World Health Organization, urban poverty is not because of the distance from the infrastructure or services, but from exclusion.
- Residents in poor areas are less likely to have cars to drive to family doctors or even pharmacies.
- Hospitals and medical doctors are leaving poor neighborhoods
- Proper health care is becoming more and more difficult to find
Maria Johnson, an inner city resident and single mother finds it difficult to get to her monthly checkups and medications in Pittsburgh.
- “I work two full time jobs and it’s hard for me to get my high blood pressure medications every month,” Maria Johnson said. “I don’t have a car, so I usually have to wait for the bus for two hours to get to the pharmacy. I don’t have time for that.
Over the past year, HealthWay’s contract with the Pennsylvania State Employees Association, offered members its mail-prescription service, which has benefited urban areas.
With over 1 million members of the PSEA, mail-prescription services prove to be a convenient way for members in lower income communities along with retirees to receive prescription medications.
- “ I don’t know what I would do without HealthWay’s mail-prescription services,” said George Patton, a PSEA retiree member. “I live right outside of the city and it’s hard for me to drive to the pharmacy because of my eye condition. But this mail-delivery program has been a real life saver.”
- “The health system is changing,” said Roy Adams, public relations director of HealthWay. “Through recent growth, we can see that prescription delivery will provide an alternative way for clients to access prescription services.”
- “Prescription delivery services are bridging the gap in lower income neighborhoods to receive affordable and accessible health,” said Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. “Overall health improved in the urban areas of Pennsylvania because of HealthWay’s prescription delivery program. Death in the neighborhoods have decrease by 2 percent compared to the previous years.”
(PSEA member receives prescription from HealthWay Pharmacist in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 16, 2016)
( HealthWay customer receives prescription deliver service at her home in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 13, 2016)
HealthWay is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Pennsylvania providing customers with full walk-in or drive-through pharmacy services as well as beauty, healthcare and hygiene products in its retail stores. HealthWay offers mail delivery services for prescriptions to Pennsylvania residents to 345 organizations and companies in the area. HealthWay assists its customers with the greatest care and attention and continues to raise health care awareness to the public through community outreach and health education programs.
Hannah Ku, Public Relations Director