How to get the most out of the health care system

Getting the most out of your medical care may also involve the attention to some non-medical issues:

  • Become an expert on your own insurance plan and identify someone in the insurance office to answer questions.
  • Establish a relationship with someone in the physician’s office to help in this area as well.
  • Keep a running account of issues that have been discussed and with whom.
  • Clarify preauthorization requirements before any medical procedures are performed.
  • If you are unclear about a recommendation when you get home, call back to clarify the issues before you proceed.
  • Get information in writing, if possible.
In summary, careful planning, communication, and documentation can help you get the most out of your health care system and result in optimal care. More resources:
  • Healthcare Navigator: This is user-friendly planner to help people map their travels through the healthcare system. Learn more
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  • Funding Assistance: This printable PDF is a resource regarding financial and legal needs. LEARN MORE
  • Resources for Adaptive Equipment: Resources addressing mobility equipment, accessible housing, clothing, medical equipment, seating, service dogs, cooling systems, transportation/travel needs, safety equipment, vehicle accommodations and more. LEARN MORE