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External link Having Surgery?: What You Need to Know
This guide lists 12 questions to ask your primary care doctor and surgeon before you have surgery, and the reasons for asking them. The answers to these questions will help you make the best decisions. Sources are listed to help you get more information.
External link 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors: Patient Fact Sheet
Medical errors are one of the Nation's leading causes of death and injury. A recent report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors. This fact sheet tells consumers what they can do to help prevent medical errors.
External link Five Steps to Safer Health Care
This fact sheet tells what you can do to get safer health care. This fact sheet tells what you can do to get safer health care. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.
External link Improving Health Care Quality: A Guide for Patients and Families
This guide presents information and lists resources to help you get better quality health care. The fact is, health care quality varies. There are many reasons for this because quality depends on many things, including where you live, who you are, and how much is known about treating your condition.
External link Choosing and Using a Health Plan
This booklet can help you make sense of your choices for getting health care insurance. It provides questions and answers on important things you should know when choosing a plan, tips on getting the most out of your current plan, information to help you understand what kind of protection your health plan provides, and what you will need to do to get the health care that you and your family need.
External link Checkup on Health Insurance Choices
Health insurance is one of your most important needs. Without it, one serious illness or accident could wipe you out financially. The information provided in this brochure will help you decide which plan is the best for you.
External link Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care: Summary
This guide shows how you can use information about quality to improve the quality of health care services you and your family receive. It describes where to find and how to use measures including consumer ratings, clinical performance measures, and accreditation. The guide has checklists, questions, charts and other tools to help you make the health care decisions that are right for you.
External link Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next?
This resource will help you to use research and other information to make the best treatment decisions for you.

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