Be An Informed Health Care Consumer
There is a lot you can do to look out for your own best interests. Before you enroll with a health plan, ask questions. Make certain that promises made by the HMO or health insurer are in writing. Do your homework!
Below are some helpful resources to help you be an informed health care consumer.
Pennsylvania Health Links
Health Alliance of Pennsylvania (HAP) - A statewide advocacy organization for the hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Medical Society (PMS) - A statewide advocacy organization for Pennsylvania physicians.
University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center?s Oncolink - One of the best sites on the Internet for cancer information.
National Health Links
You can contact the Health Care Section at 1-717-705-6938 on weekdays from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. The Section also has a toll-free line, 1-877-888-4877, which operates within Pennsylvania on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 AM and 9:00 PM.
American Academy of Family Physicians/Patient Information (AAFP) - Information on the body, diseases, treatments and healthy living.
American Medical Association - Offers links to Health Insight, where you can find easy-to understand health information, along with links to other medical sites.
Cancer Net - Offers cancer information from the National Cancer Institute.
Consumer World - A public service site with more than 1700 categorized consumer resources on the net.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Tips about buying prescriptions on-line.
Health On The Net - A non profit organization whose purpose is to advance development and application of new information technology, notably in the fields of medicine and health.
HealthFinder - A U.S. Government web site whose goal it is to information available that will help consumers make better health choices for themselves and their families.
InteliHealth - Health Resources and information, including mental health resources, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University.
KidsHealth - Site offers up-to-date information about growth, food and fitness, childhood infections, immunizations, lab tests, medical and surgical conditions, as well as the latest treatments.
Mayo Clinic Health Oasis - A source of health information. It also offers links to many health sites.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) -
Helpful information regarding web pharmacies.
National Institutes Of Health - The Consumer health Informations pages provide a list of online consumer health resources found at the National Institutes of Health.
U.S. Consumer Gateway - Offers links to Federal consumer information sites run by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Transportation Department, Security & Exchange Commission (SEC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other agencies.