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Talking About Your Symptoms

Describing your symptoms well can help provide clues to what’s wrong. Here’s advice on how to tell your story.

How to Pick a Primary Care Physician

As the former chief of medical affairs of UnitedHealth Group, I'm privileged to listen to the good people of this country talk about their health care. When it comes to choosing a doctor, do you know what I've learned? Most of us spend more time researching our next electronic gadget than researching our doctor. Except choosing the right doctor has significantly more impact on your life than any gadget...

Working with Your Doctor's Office

Going to the doctor requires you to be prepared with some key information ahead of your visit. There's also important information to gather while you are at your doctor's office or health clinic. These tips can help you make the most of your health care.

Coping With the High Costs of Prescriptions

As patients pay more for their prescription drugs, many people decide to cut their pills in half or opt out of taking the drugs altogether. But there are safer ways to cut costs than skimping on — or skipping — the medicines you need.

Bring a Companion to Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Should you bring someone with you to your next doctor's appointment? If you're asking, the answer is yes. If you're asked, how do you be the best companion? Prep in advance, listen, record and ask questions. Know why you're going. That means two things...

Deciding When to Seek Care

It can be hard to decide just when to go to the doctor or other medical professional for a problem. These resources can help you make the call.

Facts About Vitamins and Supplements

Should you take vitamins or supplements for good health? Here are some facts.

How Do You Tell Your Employer that You Are Sick?

If you expect to miss work due to your or a loved one’s illness, here’s what to tell your employer.

Watchful Waiting: When Treatment Can Wait

For some patients, delaying treatment while regularly monitoring the progress of disease may benefit them more than a rush to pharmaceutical or surgical options.

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Find Good Health Care

The quality of doctors and hospitals varies. Here is information to help you find the right care. More

Participate in Your Treatment

How to manage medical treatments at home, including medications and dealing with side effects. More

Talking with Your Doctors

Advice on how to explain your symptoms, talk to doctors and ask the right questions about tests and prescriptions. More

Promote Your Health

Information on healthy lifestyles, improving health habits and help with common concerns, such as weight loss and exercise, pain and depression. More

Organize Your Health Care

Tips for doctors' appointments, managing health records and dealing with illness and work. More

Get Preventative Health Care

Advice about physical check-ups, disease screening, dental exams, vaccinations and immunizations. More

Pay for Your Healthcare

Learn more about health insurance terms, selecting a plan, and Medicare and Medicaid. Plus, resources for help with paying for prescriptions. More

Plan for Your End of Life Care

Information on caregiving, long-term and nursing care, palliative and hospice care and advance directives. More

Make Good Treatment Decisions

Treatment may involve making important decisions. Here's advice on understanding your options, including watchful waiting and getting a second opinion. More

Seek Knowledge About Your Health

Advice on understanding your risk for disease(s) and finding online health information you can trust. More

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