Health Briefs, April 15, 2014

Health care costs disturb Coloradans

Coloradans fear the costs of medical care more than they fear illness or injury, according to new research commissioned by Colorado HealthOP, Colorado’s first statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative.

The CO-OP commissioned the survey to better understand the beliefs and behaviors of Colorado health care consumers.

In the survey, 625 Coloradans were interviewed about their health care experiences, beliefs and behaviors. According to the survey:

■ Coloradans avoid medical care because of cost. More than 54 percent of Coloradans have not gone to the doctor because of the cost. Nearly half have not purchased a medicine their doctor prescribed because of the cost.

■ Coloradans fear the cost of being sick more than they fear being sick. Only 15 percent of Coloradans rated their fear of being sick as a 4 or 5, with 5 being “extremely fearful.” Nearly three times as many (42 percent) rated their fear of the cost of being sick as a 4 or 5.

■ Coloradans fear the cost of injuring themselves more than they fear injury itself. Only 35 percent of Coloradans rated their fear of injuring themselves as a 4 or 5, with 5 being “extremely fearful.” Nearly twice as many (62 percent) rated their fear of the cost of injuring themselves as a 4 or 5.

Hearing practices merge with Ore. firm


It wasn’t until 2007 that Grand Junction resident Richard Berryman, now 70, found a pair of hearing aids to his liking at what was then New Creations Hearing Solutions in Grand Junction.

“After getting them, I didn’t have to keep asking what people were saying,” he recalls.

Since then, New Creations and Advanced Hearing Solutions, both in Grand Junction, have been purchased by Oregon-based All American Hearing. The practices recently consolidated operations under the Advanced Hearing name in a new location at 2478 Patterson Road in the Patterson Village Shopping Center.

The clinic’s audiologists include top employees from the previous clinic owners, Patti Atchison and John Fletemeyer.

Atchison advises people to get their hearing checked regularly in whatever setting they are comfortable. This can be a physician or audiologist’s office, or free screenings periodically offered to the public.

Class for those who care for mentally ill


A free five-week class for parents and caregivers of children with mental health issues will give caregivers the opportunity to share mutual experiences and learn valuable lessons from one another, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Western Slope.

Course topics include brain biology, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, pervasive developmental disorders, autism, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, eating disorders, early onset schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders and more.

The classes take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays starting June 3. Free childcare is available. Call 462-3989.


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