December 1, 2017
Simple Steps To Take To Become A More Informed Healthcare Consumer
Being an informed, educated, and wise healthcare consumer is more important than ever. Although understanding the healthcare system can be daunting, here are some simple steps you can take to become a more informed healthcare consumer:
1. Take care of yourself
The easiest way to keep your healthcare costs down is to stay as healthy as possible. You have control over what you do about your risk factors for disease. For example... Read More
October 27, 2017
Learn What You Can Do To Avoid The Flu
In an environment such as college where you are constantly surrounded by many different people, it is very easy for illness to spread. One common illness is the flu. According to UNH Health and Wellness, the best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. Health and Wellness provides free flu shots to everyone that has paid the health fee. To get your flu shot, you can make an appointment with Health and Wellness to get vaccinated at a... Read More
September 13, 2017
The Most Common And Costly Diseases That Exist Today Are Also The Most Preventable
Various chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity are the most common health problems in America today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases are responsible for 7 in 10 deaths among Americans each year, and the majority of health care costs. These diseases may be the most common and costly, but they are also in fact the most... Read More
June 26, 2017
The Low-down on Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertisements and What They Mean For Us, As Healthcare Consumers.
Do you ever feel like you can’t escape the pharmaceutical advertisements? It’s rare to watch a television show, read a magazine, or go on social media now a days without running into some sort of advertisement for a new prescription drug. But, aside from being a nuisance, what do these advertisements mean for us as consumers?
For several years, there’s been debate over whether... Read More
June 20, 2017
Why the Cost of Prescription Medicine is Skyrocketing
You may have noticed when you pick up your prescription at the pharmacy that the price seems to keep creeping up. According to the Wall Street Journal pharmaceutical prices have increased 9.8% in the past year. But why is this? Why are people who need medications forced to pay these crazy prices? Here are a couple of reasons as reported in a review by the JAMA Network.
The United States has higher drug prices than any other industrialized... Read More
June 1, 2017
Understanding The Key Terms Used Within Health Insurance
Health Insurance can seem confusing and frustrating to understand completely. Let's start with the basics. Health Insurance is used to cover some, if not most, of your medical needs through insurance premiums each month. These insurance premiums are paid by you and or your employer.
Let's take a look at other typical terms used within Health Insurance:
Copayment: A copayment is a fixed dollar amount that you must pay for receiving a... Read More
May 18, 2017
Is the Produce Marked Organic Really Worth Your Money?
You see the word “organic” in every grocery store you go to. You may even feel a little healthier when you’re standing in line at check-out with a basket full of organic foods. Then again, you might just be wondering if that organic sticker is even worth it at all.
What is organic? Organic produce means that the produce was made without using synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms.
Here is some information... Read More
April 19, 2017
Are You an Informed Patient at the Doctor’s Office?
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the world, behind heart disease as the number 1 and cancer as the number 2 (CNN). So, the question is do you have full faith in your doctor to make decisions for you, or would you rather make your own decisions? Doctors do not intend harm to patients, but they can make mistakes that could have been prevented if you knew the information as well as they did.
It is hard as a patient to know... Read More
March 29, 2017
Get Involved in the Movement!
National Public Health Week will be celebrated from April 3rd to April 9th this year! National Public Health Week is an initiative of the American Public Health Association (APHA). According to the APHA website “Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.”
On the National Public Health Week 2017 website there are tools and resources to help get everyone have a successful week. Stopping by their... Read More
February 22, 2017
The Right and Wrong Time to Utilize Hospital Emergency Rooms
In a report put out by the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) research found that in 2007 approximately $700 billion was wasted on unnecessary health care expenses in America. Of this $700 billion, $38 billion was spent due to emergency room overuse.
Emergency department overuse can also cause overcrowding and long waits for persons requiring true emergency care.
To help stop this misuse of hospital emergency departments here are... Read More