These are excellent websites. The valuable information they provide are not substitutions for professional evaluation or advice.
Health Insurance Plans & Hospitals
The Quality of Your Health Insurance Plan Quality Matters!
www.ncqa.org – Find out if your health plan is accredited by the National Committee For Quality Assurance
www.usnews.com/healthplans – By US News and World Report
www.consumerreports.org – By Consumer Reports
www.leapfroggroup.org – Check out your hospital’s performance on several important areas
You’re on Your Own and Without Insurance
Your Internet Doctor
When Should You See Your Doctor?
www.familydoctor.org – Look for “Search by Symptom” and see if home treatment or a seeing a doctor is recommended.
www.merck.com/mmhe – Research various symptoms and ailments in the Merck Manual Home Edition Reference Book
www.medlineplus.gov – information on various health topics, drugs, herbals, as well an informational video and encyclopedia.
www.cancer.gov – from the National Cancer Institute.
www.plwc.org – Information for patients living with cancer from the American Society of Clinical Oncologists – People Living with Cancer.
What Screening Tests Should Be Done?
US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)
epss.ahrq.gov – Use the electronic preventive services selector to find what screening tests you must have done at the minimum. The other following organizations may recommend additional tests.
www.cancer.org – American Cancer Society (ACS)
Breast Cancer Screening
www.fda.gov/fdac – Learn how to do a testicular self exam (search for testicular self-exam)
www.americanheart.org – American Heart Association (AHA)
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/cholesterol – Determine your risk of having a heart attack over the next 10 years. Be sure to share the results with your doctor, regardless of the number. (Test does not apply for those with diabetes or heart disease).
www.diabetes.org – American Diabetes Association (ADA)
What Vaccinations Do I Need?
Immunizations and Vaccinations
www.cdc.gov/vaccines – Find out which vaccines you need
Maintain a Healthy Weight
www.cdc.gov – Determine your body mass index and figure out if you are at healthy weight. Search for “BMI”
hp2010.nhlbihin.net/portion – An entertaining quiz on how food portions have increased over the past twenty years. Informative and shocking.
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/oei – The Obesity Educational Initiative from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Some ideas on how to get healthy.
What Else Can I Do To Stay Well?
Protect Yourself – Purchase a Safe Car
www.iihs.org – The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Your Medical Team
The Truth About Medications
Generic and Branded Medications: What’s the Difference?
Making Sense of Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
www.fda.gov/cder/audiences – Information about over-the-counter medications by the FDA.
www.medlineplus.gov – Information on various health topics, drugs, herbals, as well an informational video and encyclopedia.
Paying for Prescription Medications if You Don’t Have Coverage
www.togetherrxaccess.com – A group of pharmaceutical companies offering discounted prescription medications