10 Things You Need to Know About the Quality of Health Care in America (English)

    • September 15, 2011

Care About Your Care was a month-long effort, convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to raise awareness about how individuals could play a more active role in their own health care.

Why was such an initiative necessary? Because in the United States, many people don’t have timely preventive care such as immunizations and cancer screenings or important monitoring for chronic conditions, such as eye and foot exams with diabetes. Others get care they shouldn’t—such as unnecessary CAT scans or X-rays, which are wasteful and expose them to potential harm. And sadly, some people actually get care that can harm them. Studies indicate that avoidable medical errors may kill as many as 98,000 Americans a year.

All are reasons to be involved and engaged in your care, to know the questions to ask your doctor and understand how to find information that will help you make good decisions.

Debra Joy Perez, interim vice president for research and evaluation at the Foundation, answers five questions in Spanish on ways to accomplish these goals.