Resources | Advice and Links to trusted health information
|Finding a New Doctor|
Advice on what to look for in a new doctor, how to locate one (whether or not you have insurance), and links to trusted physician review websites.
|How to Choose a Hospital|
Not all hospitals are created equal. Here you’ll find popular ratings websites to help you compare before you go and important information about patient safety.
|Deciding When to Seek Care|
Not sure if you need a doctor? Here’s advice about alternatives, including urgent care and retail clinics and information about yearly checkups.
Prepared Patient Voices | In-depth features with insights from doctors, health care experts and patients
|Chronic Conditions: When Do You Call the Doctor?|
From high cholesterol to HIV, millions of Americans have a medical condition that they manage mostly on their own. How do you know when it’s time to call in the professionals?
|In Case of Emergency: Who's Who in the ER|
Knowing who you will likely encounter during an ER visit may help you get the best care at a time when you may be feeling anxious and afraid.
|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.
|Retail Clinics: What's in Store for Health Care|
You're sick, but your doctor's office says the next open appointment is in two weeks. Or you're traveling, don't have a primary care physician or don't have health insurance. For all these reasons and more, potential patients are turning increasingly to retail clinics to cure their minor ailments.
|Hospital Report Cards: Grading Facilities Near You|
Consumers are awash in information they can use to find the best deals on everything from dishwashers to car insurance. But is it possible to comparison shop for a hospital?
|When Getting to the Doctor Is Half the Battle|
All patients have their stories of hassles: hustling against traffic to inconvenient doctor appointments, not to mention waiting on hold to schedule a follow-up visit. But what if you couldn't read the road signs on your way or hear the options on your physician's answering service?
|How to Find and Use Health Insurance|
Whether you have a preexisting condition or not, are new to shopping for insurance or trying to figure out what coverage you do have, there are resources to help with this often complicated but important purchase.
|Do I Have to Go to the Dentist? Oral Health Starts Early|
Increasingly, children are losing their baby teeth not due to the budding of their permanent teeth but to the ravages of early decay and cavities. For some parents, this is a result of a lack of understanding about the importance of oral health, even at an early age.
|Young Adults Taking the Health Care Reins|
Your parents still might be willing to do your laundry, but if you’re over 18, they can’t make your medical decisions. Are you ready to navigate the adult health care system?
|Using Physician Rating Websites|
New health review sites promise to help you make this important decision for yourself or your loved ones. However, patients and physicians alike are finding that these doctor reviews aren’t as transparent or useful as they might seem.
|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.
|My Prepared Patient Story: Jessie Gruman|
CFAH President and founder Jessie Gruman tells how she became a prepared patient.
|How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit|
Over the years, the Center for Advancing Health has listened to hundreds of people discuss their experiences with their health and health care. One thing that seems to come up for many people is how hard it can be to find good health care and make the most of it, which includes knowing what to do at a doctor's appointment. We've come up with these tips to help.
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