Be a Prepared Patient can help you make informed decisions about your health and health care. We've gathered a collection of trusted resources, tips and stories from patients, caregivers, and health care experts about finding good care and making the most of it. Be a Prepared Patient accepts no corporate sponsorship, earns no revenue from any links and is completely free of advertising.
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Doctor’s appointments are often brief. Here’s how to quickly explain what’s wrong so you can get the help you need.
What to do if your health insurance denies you coverage for a procedure.
Checklists are routine in other professions to standardize management, and we know they can prevent hospital infections and surgical error. But can there be a downside to checklist medical care? Consider these two examples...
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.
I just got off the phone with a very upset patient who discovered that her pharmacy has been giving her the wrong medication for the past five months. Despite all our fancy technology and advances in health care, medication errors can and will occur. So what can you do, as a patient, to be sure that your prescriptions are correct?...
Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.
How to get a copy of your medical records for your personal files and for your doctors.
Doctors can sometimes use unfamiliar and complicated terms to describe your illness and treatment. Here are some resources to help you understand.
The quality of doctors and hospitals varies. Here is information to help you find the right care. More
Learn more about health insurance terms, selecting a plan, and Medicare and Medicaid. Plus, resources for help with paying for prescriptions. More
Advice on how to explain your symptoms, talk to doctors and ask the right questions about tests and prescriptions. More
Tips for doctors' appointments, managing health records and dealing with illness and work. More
Treatment may involve making important decisions. Here's advice on understanding your options, including watchful waiting and getting a second opinion. More
How to manage medical treatments at home, including medications and dealing with side effects. More
Advice on understanding your risk for disease(s) and finding online health information you can trust. More
Advice about physical check-ups, disease screening, dental exams, vaccinations and immunizations. More
Information on healthy lifestyles, improving health habits and help with common concerns, such as weight loss and exercise, pain and depression. More
Information on caregiving, long-term and nursing care, palliative and hospice care and advance directives. More