Hospital alliance surveying residents on health care Concern over increases in costs of insurance and care has been raised @

June 30, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

In an effort to improve county health services, Anne Arundel County health care providers are sending surveys to 2,200 county residents, soliciting their opinions on health care issues.

Launched as part of the Atlantic Health Alliance, the project aims to address unmet health care needs. The county's Healthier Communities Coalition is overseeing administration of the survey Anne Arundel.

The nine-hospital alliance -- which includes North Arundel Hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Center -- is mailing 10,000 surveys at random to households in the greater Baltimore area.

Each community that is a part of the alliance has established a committee of local leaders to oversee the process, analyze the survey results and initiate programs based on its findings.

"We're trying to find out how happy county residents are with their health care systems," said county Health Officer Frances B. Phillips, chairwoman of the 43-member steering committee for Anne Arundel.

The committee has had one planning session and will meet at least three more times over the next 14 months. The meetings are open to the public.

Thus far, Phillips said, residents have voiced concern over the increased cost of health care and health insurance. They also are interested in alternative treatments, such as acupuncture and massage therapy, she said.

Health care providers hope the survey will answer several key questions about county health care needs, said Anne Arundel Medical Center spokeswoman Carolyn Shenk.

Pub Date: 6/30/96

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