Consumer Education Tools

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Patients who are more actively involved in their healthcare experience better health outcomes and incur lower costs according to Health Affairs – a highly respected and influential medical policy journal.

Active participation requires knowing the right questions to ask, issues to consider and decisions to make.

MassAHU Board member, Gary Fradin, has developed a series of consumer education tools for brokers to use with their high deductible accounts. These tools complement HRAs, HSAs and FSAs to help consumers manage their risks of overspending or getting unnecessary medical care.

Ask yourself, if you can start to help your clients answer these questions (and more)….

  • You have to choose your medical providers – doctors and hospitals.   How do you choose?
  • You have to choose your medical treatments – surgery or physical therapy? More aggressive care or less? C-section or natural delivery?   How do you consider the trade-offs?
  • You have an annual deductible, probably between $500 and $2000.   How do you decide which care you need… and which is unnecessary?
  • You face an increasingly long list of potential tests. How do you determine which work well… and which poorly?

Do you have the right tools to make these and other decisions? We welcome you to utilize this selection of consumer tools, that have been made available to MassAHU via TheMedicalGuide.

Intro Video: Where You Go is What You Get

Video: Why We’ll Help You Make Better Medical Decisions

Article: How Useful are Patient Satisfaction Surveys?

Article: The Most Important Question to Ask Your Surgeon

Education Module: Where You Go is What You Get, Part 2

Education Module: Where You Go is What You Get, Part 1

Article: Medical Prices Vary

Article: Beware of Low Priced Hospitals

Factoid: EKG Recommendations and Costs

 

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