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Talking About Medical Tests

Doctors run tests to check your health or to figure out what’s wrong. Here are some basic questions you should ask about medical tests.

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Co-Insurance for Medications: A Troubling Trend for Consumers

As the health care system changes in the coming years, one particular trend that will negatively impact consumers' out-of-pocket costs is the use of co-insurance (instead of a co-pay) for expensive specialty medications. Approximately 57 million Americans rely on these drugs to maintain their health, and it is disheartening to learn that many people are suffering because their medications have become too expensive...

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.

Giving Your Doctor the Pink Slip

Feeling uneasy with or disrespected by your current doctor? Our experts — both physicians — talk frankly about rocky spots in doctor-patient relationships.

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What Is Patient-Centered Medicine, Really?

We have all heard the term patient-centered medicine by now. It's in the PR materials for hospitals, in the Affordable Care Act, in health care model innovations like the "medical home" and the "accountable care organization." But what is it? What would you like to see in a health system that is truly patient-centered?

Depression: When Should You Get Help?

Depression is a common condition, especially in people with chronic illnesses. Here’s how to recognize if you need help.

Getting Support for Healthy Living

Sometimes it can be easier to live well with help from others. Here are some helpful sites to connect with organizations and people who understand what you’re going through.

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.

The Handoff: Your Roadmap to a New Doctor's Care

Sooner or later, most patients run up against a diagnosis that sends them from their primary care doctor's care into the hands of a new physician. In medical circles, this transition is called the "handoff" — a casual name that conceals the complications and risks of this journey.

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RESOURCES

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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