An engaged healthcare consumer...
- Has a primary care physician who is a partner in managing his or her health—with scheduled visits as recommended, whether for regular follow-ups for existing conditions or according to the age-related recommendations for prevention by sources such as NIH.
- Asks the 5 questions recommended in theChoosing Wisely campaign before getting any test, treatment, or procedure and carefully considers all options before deciding among them:
► Do I really need this test or procedure?
► What are the risks?
► Are there simpler, safer options?
► What happens if I don't do anything?
► How much does it cost?
- Reviews hospital safety data—from sources such as Hospital Compare - Leapfrog,Hospital Quality Ratings - CareChex, and Surgeon Scorecard—before deciding where to seek care.
- Actively monitors and tracks personal health indicators like weight, as well as any indicators related to existing conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
- Maintains a list of medications taken and shows it to medical providers when seeking care, and keeps the list up to date in electronic medical records.
- Makes day-to-day decisions that support good health and takes any medications as prescribed and instructed.
- Develops a personal/family budget to manage healthcare expenses.
- Uses available tools to make cost-conscious decisions.
- Has an income-protection plan (e.g., short-term and long-term disability coverage) to rely on in case of an injury or illness that makes working impossible or limited.
- Has an advanced healthcare directive that has been discussed with family members and keeps all beneficiary designations current.
- Safe—avoid harm
- Effective—evidence based
- Person-centered—respectful and responsive to individual needs and values
- Timely—when it's needed
- Efficient—avoids waste
- Equitable—does not vary in quality because of an individual's characteristics (e.g., race, gender, employment status)
How to Choose a Health Care Plan for Yourself and Your Family
- Choosing Between a High Deductible Health Plan and a Traditional PPO
- Introducing a New HSA Option for ASHA Staff
- Four Reasons You Might Not Want an HSA
- Four Steps to Funding Your HSA
- How to Get the Most Out of Your Health Savings Account ~Forbes
- Rules and Best Practices When Spouses are Both HSA Eligible ~Tango
- A RX for Retirement: HSAs ~CNN Money
- How to Estimate Your Health Care Expenses
- Change Allows Participants to Rollover FSA Funds
- IRS Publication 969, Health Savings Accounts and Other Tax-Favored Health Plans ~IRS
- How to Choose a Health Plan
- Can I Have a Health Savings Account if I'm Eligible for Medicare?
How to be a Savvy Health Care Consumer
- Finding the Safest Care
- Where to Seek Care
- 10 Health Care Tips for Travel
- Retail or Mail Order for Your Maintenance Meds
- Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids
- Seven Questions Caregivers Need to Ask
- 10 Tips to Help You Save Money on Prescription Drugs
- There's an App for that! United Healthcare's Health4Me
- Paying for Your Care with a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)
- How Safe are the Hospitals We Use?
- How to Talk with Your Doctor about the Quality and the Cost of Your Care -- 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment, or Procedure
- Understanding Prescription Drug Pricing and Safety
- Getting ready to send your child to college? Complete this health related check list before you wave good-bye.
- How Much Does a Screening Colonoscopy Really Cost?
- How to Be the CEO of Your Health -- Resources for Empowered Patients ~Dr. Gourdine
- The $50,000 Physical ~JAMA June 4, 2014
- From Passive Patient to Savvy Healthcare Consumer: How to Seek and Find the Best Care ~Dr. Gourdine
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