Reform in Action: Three Tips for Getting Smarter About Health Care

The health care landscape is changing quickly. Everyone—individuals, families, and companies—is paying much more for health care today. Given all these changes, it’s time to consider how we can learn and do more to get health care that works best—for our health and for our money.

Managing your health and health care can feel overwhelming. Luckily, more research is available every day to help identify the best treatments, doctors, and hospitals to help us seek out and get the best care. Here are three steps you can take—starting now—to get smarter about health care:   

  1. Use the best doctors and hospitals: Seek and choose highly rated providers.
  2. Get the right care: Learn and ask questions about your care and treatment options.
  3. Choose care that works best: Partner with your doctor to develop a care plan based on medical research and your preferences.

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