Dr. Eric Forsthoefel Advocates for More Access to Primary Care

Dr. Eric Forsthoefel has worked as a prominent emergency room physician and has spoken openly about the toll that limited access to primary care is taking on the resources of hospital emergency rooms across the U.S. He is shedding light on an important trend in the health care industry of patients who do not have adequate access to primary care options or medical insurance coverage seeing emergency rooms as the only viable option for receiving medical care. This means that uninsured patients are visiting emergency rooms even when they are not suffering from a true medical emergency. Dr. Eric Forsthoefel hit the nail on the head by explaining that emergency room staff never turn patients away, but they are being hit with an overwhelming challenge of serving an increasing number of patients without a commensurate increase in resources.

Recent data shows that more than one-third of the patients who visit the emergency room do not actually require immediate medical attention. Rather than brushing this trend off as an indication that patients are over-exaggerating their injuries, a closer look at the data reveals that patients on Medicaid are most likely to fall into the category of frequent fliers at emergency rooms across the country. Dr. Eric Forsthoefel notes that many primary care providers in certain areas do not accept patients on Medicaid, which leaves those patients with few places to turn in times of injury. Another reason why emergency rooms have become the popular choice for those on Medicaid is because they are likely not subjected to a co-pay for any specialty services they might receive while there. Medical bills are one of the primary reasons that many Americans file for bankruptcy.

One of the ways that Dr. Eric Forsthoefel sees the system reaching a more balanced dynamic is by increasing the number of non-urgent care facilities available in all communities. This includes facilities that are open outside of normal business hours when a primary care physician might be unavailable to see patients. Insurance providers will have to accommodate these types of facilities in making co-payments affordable for their insured in order for this model to be effective. Alternatively, Dr. Eric Forsthoefel suggests that primary care physicians should consider providing more evening hours for patients so that they can receive the medical attention they need in a timely manner. Otherwise, patients will feel that the only way they can get responsive care is by being admitted to an emergency room. The same is true for weekend schedules at primary care facilities. This trend has taken hold for some pediatric facilities, but many adult patients are still left without options on how to receive non-urgent medical care outside of regular business hours.



Seattle Genetics Founder, Clay Siegall Is Interviewed By Ideamensch

The first question given to Seattle Genetics founder, Clay Siegall was where did he the idea to start up a biotech firm from? Mr. Siegall responded by saying that he was deeply affected by his father’s diagnosis with cancer. He said watching his deterioration when he was in his late teens and early twenties had a profound impact on him. Clay Siegall said he made it his life goal to come up with better treatments for cancer after his father fell victim to the disease.

After studying Genetics and zoology, Dr. Clay Siegall said he felt he had enough knowledge and background to begin working on cancer research. He began his cancer research at the Bristol-Myers Squibb company where he worked at their Pharmaceutical Research Institute. This was based in Seattle and it gave him the opportunity to study how a company was run.

Eventually Dr. Clay Siegall said he felt confident enough to launch his own firm that would also be based in the Seattle metro area. He called it Seattle Genetics because of its location and its unique targeted approach that would perhaps one day utilize the genetics of each patients to come up with a unique cure in what is known as a targeted approach to cancer therapy. His drive in life, says Siegall is to come up with drugs that can treat cancer. He says he wakes up everyday with a fire in his belly to help develop cancer killing drugs that are targeted specifically at cancer cells. Clay says he enjoys what he does and that he been doing the same thing for over 30 years now.

The next question given to Clay Siegall was what is one thing he does as a businessman over and over and he suggests other people emulate. Dr. Siegall says that is important to surround yourself with smart people who can provide you with valuable insight. He also stresses that is important to not think you know everything. Siegall says that the older you get, the more you realize that you know less and less. Being open and surrounded by smart and knowledgeable people can help anybody achieve success says Clay Siegall.