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Report: Xiaomi overtook Samsung to become top smartphone vendor in China in Q2 2014


Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is hogging the limelight after several analyst reports have pointed to its rapid growth — among them Kantar and Strategy Analytics. Now another research firm, Canalys, has offered up even more evidence of Xiaomi’s popularity — in the second quarter of 2014, it found that Xiaomi recorded a 14 percent market share in China on the back of 240 percent year-on-year growth, overtaking Samsung in terms of volume of smartphones. This was the first time Samsung slid to second place in China since Q4 2011 and came after a 15 percent year-on-year decline. Shanghai-based Canalys…

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The 8 Biggest Myths About ObamaCare: NCPA Report

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

While millions of Americans have already lost their health coverage due to ObamaCare, many more will see their health care disrupted as the new law changes the American health system, according to a new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis that debunks eight of the most pervasive myths surrounding the Affordable Care Act.

“Two months after ObamaCare’s open-enrollment finished, the cracks are showing,” says NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham. “Millions of people have lost their health benefits and have signed up for ObamaCare plans in health-insurance exchanges. They are discovering that they have limited access to care, and were even misled about which doctors are in their provider networks. Medicare, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home-health care were raided for billions of dollars to pay for this new health program, which is already broken.”

For example –

Myth: If you like your health plan, you can keep it.

    Actually, 6 million people have had their insurance policies canceled, and another 19 million are enrolled in private health plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act’s requirements.
    Business’ employee health plans were supposed to be grandfathered into the law, but they lose that protection when small changes — such as a change in the deductible — occur.
    A government memo predicts that up to two-thirds of Americans with employer-provided health insurance will have to switch to more expensive, regulated plans and that, eventually, all plans will lose their grandfathered status.

Myth: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.

    In reality, many exchange plans have narrow networks that limit a patient’s choice of doctor. In fact, a staggering 70 percent of California physicians are not in California’s exchange networks.
    Without an influx of new doctors, there is no realistic way to meet the demand that will be created by 26 million newly insured who seek to double their health care consumption. By 2015, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortfall of 21,000 primary care doctors.

Myth: There is an employer mandate to offer affordable coverage.

    Actually, an employer is fined $ 2,000 for each employee if he refuses to provide health coverage. $ 2,000 is generally cheaper than the cost of health benefits, so many employees will stop offering health insurance.
    Moreover, the Affordable Care Act incentivizes self-insured employers to offer very expensive coverage and require their employees to pay up to 9.5 percent of their wages in premiums and the full cost of coverage for their families. If an employee turns down this offer from his employer, he is not entitled to subsidies in the exchanges.

Myth: Health reform will lower the cost of health insurance by $ 2,500 a year per family.

    In fact, coverage will become more expensive for everyone outside of a small portion of older, low-income adults who have access to highly subsidized exchange coverage.

Graham also said, “The myths peddled by the Administration to sell ObamaCare are not harmless fairy tales, they have resulted in a program that is harming people’s access to health care.”

Full text: The Biggest Myths of ObamaCare: http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/ib144.pdf

The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. We bring together the best and brightest minds to tackle the country’s most difficult public policy problems — in health care, taxes, retirement, education, energy and the environment. Visit our website today for more information.

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MedReps.com Salary Report Highlights Gender Pay Gap

Alpharetta, GA (PRWEB) June 11, 2014

A new report by MedReps.com (http://www.medreps.com/), a job board for medical sales representatives, revealed professionals in medical sales make $ 141,218 on average. The 2014 Salary Survey also found the gender pay gap still exists in the medical sales field, where men report earning $ 148,908 to women’s reported $ 120,879 income. The recently released survey also broke down salary by product classification, experience, age, company size, and other influential factors.

“The report sheds light on a significant gender pay gap in medical sales,” said Robyn Melhuish, Communications Manager at MedReps.com. “The reasons for this disparity stem from many factors, but these numbers will hopefully add to the larger discussion surrounding the pay gap.”

Other notable findings from the 2014 Salary Survey included the following:

Men dominate the medical sales profession. Men made up 73 percent of respondents and made, on average, 19 percent more than female counterparts. Women only accounted for one in four professionals in health IT, and only 19 percent of those selling medical or surgical devices.

The Affordable Care Act didn’t hurt overall medical sales incomes. Despite concerns, the ACA (or “Obamacare”) didn’t hurt medical sales professionals’ bottom line. In fact, average salaries were up five percent from 2013.

Health IT and health software are on the rise. While biotech and biopharma had the highest incomes in 2013, times are changing. In 2014, health IT and health software prevailed, with an average income of $ 172,891.

It’s good to be a director, but sales jobs can sometimes pay more. While sales directors and sales VPs earn the highest average salaries, field reps accounted for 58 percent of those reporting salaries above $ 300,000.

Medical sales reps aren’t completely satisfied with their pay. While most medical sales professionals make six figures, only 20 percent of respondents reported being “very satisfied” with their income.

“We hope this data helps job seekers, professionals, and employers take a critical look at their goals and processes,” Melhuish said. “The medical sales profession is growing and changing every day, and it’s a great time for job seekers to make leap.”

This survey analyzed data collected from approximately 2,734 professionals currently working in medical sales. To access more information from this survey, click here.

About MedReps.com

MedReps.com is owned and operated by Healthcare Staffing Technologies. As the leading job site in its niche, MedReps.com gives members access to the most sought after medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs on the web. Members have access to approximately 9,000 jobs and can apply directly to the recruiters and hiring managers who post them. For more information on the No. 1 site for medical sales, marketing, and management careers, please visit MedReps.com.

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