2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Review - 4
PILLAR 1: ENHANCING ACCESS TO CARE
By leveraging what we do best and helping to form innovative public-private
partnerships, Henry Schein helps expand access to health care.
Promoting Wellness, Prevention, Treatment, and Education
Many underserved and at-risk populations around the world lack basic access to health
care, and many health care providers lack the critical supplies they need to provide
preventive care. By donating health care supplies to nonprofit community health clinics,
developing innovative public-private partnership programs to provide care for those in
need, and supporting global health missions, we leverage our expertise and the global
scope of our operations to help bring much-needed health care to vulnerable populations.
Measuring the Societal Impact of Mission of Mercy Dental Clinics
More than 163,000 Floridians visited hospital emergency departments (EDs)
throughout the state for a dental-related issue in 2014 at a cost of more than $234
million, according to the Florida Dental Association Foundation (FDAF). A new
two-year study commissioned by FDAF and supported by Henry Schein is - for the
first time - measuring the impact of the free dental care provided by the FDAF at its
two-day Mission of Mercy dental clinic on the use of local hospital EDs for dental care
problems and corresponding costs. As part of this study, more than 1,600 of the 2,800
patients who attended the 2016 clinic in Jacksonville were surveyed about their oral
health and dental care access. The survey results are as follows:
* Three out of four patients surveyed said they would rate their overall teeth and gum
health as fair or poor.
* 27%, or approximately 435 patients, have visited an ED for a dental problem.
* 63% said they were in pain at the time of the event; one-third had been in pain for
more than a year.
* 82% are without insurance coverage for dental care.
" THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT...HENRY SCHEIN IS NOT
ONLY HELPING TO ENSURE NEEDED CARE TO THOSE
WHO ARE UNDERSERVED, BUT ALSO IS HELPING
TAXPAYERS SAVE MANY, MANY TIMES THE VALUE
OF OUR DONATION. "
Given these preliminary findings, the
potential savings of free clinics such
as this one to the health care system
and the taxpayers who support it are
potentially large. Of Florida's top 10
EDs in terms of patient visits with dental
diagnoses, three are in the Jacksonville
area and have an average per-patient
cost of more than $1,700, according to
2013 data from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services. Simply
keeping the approximately 435 clinic
patients who said they had previously
visited an ED for a dental problem out of
the ED generates an estimated savings
to the system of almost $740,000 (435
x $1,700) in Jacksonville alone. The
potential savings to the health care
system and the taxpayer nationally
are exponentially higher. Through our
commitment of $250,000 to support
50 Mission of Mercy dental clinics
nationally, Henry Schein is not only
helping to ensure needed care to those
who are underserved, but also is helping
taxpayers save many, many times the
value of our donation.