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Sponsor helps medical society’s website for uninsured get a makeover

Legal News Reporter

Published: March 5, 2013

The Summit County Medical Society is partnering up with Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy to provide those who are uninsured or underinsured with a website that offers information on where to obtain affordable health care said Dr. Doug Lefton, a SCMS board member.

“It is a real unique thing,” said the Fairlawn Family Practice doctor. “I don’t know of another medical society that has teamed up with a large supermarket chain to sponsor something like this.”

Lefton said Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy’s sponsorship is cutting edge and will allow them to renovate and improve the website, www.HelpWithMedicalCost.com.

Health and wellness is just one of the many themes of Acme said Steve Albrecht, president of Acme. And sponsoring and promoting the website at its 16 locations was just a natural step.

“We are going to put that information into our weekly circular, it won’t be every week, but there will be a banner and we will do something on billboards and we have a trifold at our pharmacies counters to bring this website to the attention of the community at large,” he said.

The medical society, a volunteer association with more than 350 members, started the website more than a year ago as a public service said Lefton. This resource will help doctors and their patients.

“From a doctor’s perspective it is agonizing to sometimes have a patient in your office that you want to get a test for but they can’t afford it. Even a blood test can be very expensive,” said Lefton. “So, for example we found a place where you can get a blood test at a reduce cost. So, now I have a place I can send my patients to for an affordable blood test.”

That information plus other programs that offers reduced medical care on a sliding pay scale can also be found on the website, said Lefton.

Albrecht said he is proud to partner with the medical society to help provide such a valuable resource.

“We think smart shoppers are going to be able to improve the quality of their life, their health care and reduce their health care cost,” he said.