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It's good that health care is the fastest-growing industry in Alaska. In addition to being a major economic engine, access to quality preventive, primary and specialty care is essential for Alaskans of all ages and socioeconomic so·ci·o·ec·o·nom·ic  
adj.
Of or involving both social and economic factors.


socioeconomic
Adjective

of or involving economic and social factors

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 groups.

Alaska has traditionally hosted a young population, and therefore has had low rates of diseases associated with older people. However, we must prepare for the care of an aging population; the median age of Alaskans is increasing (29.4 in 1990, 32.4 in 2000) and the number of elders grew by 48 percent last decade.

The habits of healthy nutrition and exercising are difficult for many to maintain, especially in remote areas. Obesity obesity, condition resulting from excessive storage of fat in the body. Obesity has been defined as a weight more than 20% above what is considered normal according to standard age, height, and weight tables, or by a complex formula known as the body mass index.  and related chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease Cardiovascular disease
Disease that affects the heart and blood vessels.

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cardiovascular disease 
, diabetes, hypertension and cancers are increasing statewide. Mental and oral health are also of concern.

It just plain costs more to get health care in Alaska, 40 percent more than in Seattle, for example. Shrinking resources and rising costs spell bad news for payers, as well as the 19 percent of Alaskans who are uninsured and pay out of pocket. Medicaid, Medicare, private, state and tribal health corporation budgets are under extreme pressure and cost reduction and containment measures will be a continued area of focus.

Despite these challenges, optimism should prevail. Collaborations and innovative approaches to providing health care are at an all-time high. Examples abound of partners--such as those in the private and tribal sectors--working together across systems in ways that were unheard of Not heard of; of which there are no tidings.
Unknown to fame; obscure.
- Glanvill.

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 15 years ago. There are also numerous examples of how Alaska's cutting-edge approach to the use of technology has opened options for service delivery--such as the use of telepharmacy to provide virtual pharmacists This is a list of notable pharmacists.
  • Dora Akunyili, Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control of Nigeria
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 to remote areas.

Marilyn Walsh Kasmar, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , Alaska Primary Care Association
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Title Annotation:2006 Alaska Forecast
Author:Kasmar, Marilyn Walsh
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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