Not all health care is the same. So where you go for care matters. Learning how to find quality care is an important step for your health.
Care by Condition
Maybe you have a chronic illness like diabetes or asthma, or maybe you have something temporary, like low-back pain. In either case, there are certain things your doctor should be doing, or not doing, to make sure you are getting the right care. When you’re well informed about how the quality of care can vary from clinic to clinic—you can choose the right provider for the care you need, when you need it.
You deserve the most effective, proven and safe care from the time you’re admitted to the hospital to when you go home. And, as is true for medical groups and clinics, the quality of care varies from hospital to hospital.
Primary care serves as your first point of entry into the health care system. Your primary care provider should be the main coordinator of your health care services over time. Primary care can help you with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, as well as counseling and education about your health. Having a primary care doctor committed to providing high-quality, proven care can help you set, and meet, your health goals.
Having a good hospital experience can result in better health outcomes. How well the hospital staff communicates with you, manages your pain, and responds to your requests can make a big difference in your stay and recovery.
Health care is expensive and getting more so. The U.S. spends more on health care per person than any other country, but we’re still not as healthy as people in other countries. Knowing how much we’re spending on health care in our state helps you understand how much we might save if we had a higher value health care system.