Health Care Choices for Today's Consumer: Families USA Guide to Quality & Cost

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Covers consumer rights, health insurance, primary care, hospitals, specialists, alternative health care, mental health, long term care, home care, and workplace illness

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Healthcare options available today are complex and confusing. If ever there was a time when guidance was needed, that time is now, and if ever there was a book that provided such guidance, that book is Health Care Choices for Today's Consumer. The first in a new line of books from Families USA, a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer group, it offers advice and guidelines on how to be an informed healthcare consumer. "The vast majority of health-care professionals are competent and can serve you well?if you do your part" exemplifies the sensible approach taken here. The issues discussed include consumer rights; selecting health plans, providers, and hospitals; services for women, children, and elders; alternative healthcare; long-term care; and home care. Each chapter is written in simple, straightforward language by an expert in the field. One chapter, "Partners in Health," concludes by emphasizing the importance of support groups, self-help clearinghouses, electronic resources (e.g., America On-line, CompuServe), and data brokers (e.g., Health Resource, Planetree). Sidebars highlighting major points through comparative charts (of insurance plans and Medicare coverage, for instance), cross references to other chapters, and key word definitions help present complex information in a comprehensible format. Lists of organizations and publications at the end of each chapter empower the consumer to seek additional information. While other books have covered some of these topics (Consumer's Medical Desk Reference, LJ 1/95), none has come close to this one in terms of clarity of purpose and style. Essential for every library serving healthcare consumers and indeed for every consumer. [Health Care Choices in the Boston Area and Health Care Choices in the Washington Area are the next titles in this series.?Ed.]?Mary Prottsman, Medical Lib., Enterprise, Ala.
-?Mary Prottsman, Medical Lib., Enterprise, Ala.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Confused by the modern health care system? This wide-ranging title surveys everything from HMOs and insurance options to payment plans for both personal and company coverage. Including tips for retirees and those needing special plans for dental, long-term care or mental health benefits, this provides numerous, clear facts. -- Midwest Book Review

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