Topic: Health Planning
Key Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Deciding to Have Surgery
If your doctor has recommended that you undergo elective (non-emergency) surgery, for example surgical treatment for chronic back pain or joint replacement, there are a number of factors to consider before deciding whether to move forward with the surgery. First, consider getting a second opinion to learn what other treatment options may be available. Your... Read More
Are you getting all you can out of your health insurance benefits?
A growing number of health insurance plans now provide an array of benefits well beyond the traditional payments for medical care, but many people aren’t aware of these benefits or don’t take advantage of them. To get the most out of your health insurance plan, it’s wise to find out about all the services and... Read More
Tools to help you make more informed medical decisions
As more and more patients become active partners in the process of making medical decisions, the need for tools that provide the evidence-based information that can help them make informed medical decisions grows. An Institute of Medicine study found that majority of people facing elective surgery, receiving a new prescription, or a recommendation for cancer... Read More
Steps to Help You Better Manage Multiple Chronic Medical Conditions
If you’re living with multiple chronic medical conditions, you’re not alone. A recent study found that more than 40% of Americans have at least one chronic health problem, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, cognitive problems, mental health, or substance abuse problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cite statistics from the Department... Read More
Health Risk Management: Why You Need a Plan Now
Most people think about planning for the future in financial terms, for example how much money they should save for retirement and how to invest that money to reach their goals. But there’s another type of planning that’s equally important—health risk management. Knowing what health risks you may face and what you can do to... Read More
Medical Privacy: How to Keep Your Medical Information Safer
Medical privacy made front page news several times in 2015 and 2016 as hackers gained access to more than 112 million medical records from health insurers, hospitals, state health departments, a medical software company, and more. But the issue of medical privacy goes beyond information compromised in hacks. Medical records have also been inappropriately accessed... Read More
How will the election affect my health insurance and healthcare?
If you’re in the process of choosing health insurance for the coming year, you probably have questions about how proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impact your insurance choices and your access to healthcare. To help you better understand the situation, we’ve gathered the answers to some of the questions you may... Read More
Choosing health insurance: What you should consider if you have a chronic health problem
As you think about which health insurance plan you’ll choose for next year, there are a number of different factors you should consider, including: monthly premium yearly deductible co-payments whether prescription drugs are covered whether you have coverage while traveling how the plan is rated for quality and customer service But if you’re living with... Read More
Why you shouldn’t make choices on healthcare costs alone
As healthcare costs and the average deductible and copay continue to rise, you may be looking for ways to lower the amount you’re paying for the care you receive. A recent report from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) found that the cost of common services, from surgery to diagnostic tests and X-rays, can vary... Read More
Do you have a roadmap to a healthier and more secure future?
In a busy life it’s hard to know what next week will bring, much less next year or the next decade. But having a roadmap that focuses on both health and financial security through every stage of your family’s life is an important tool that can help you stay on track and achieve your goals.... Read More