General Health Care Links

 

Below is a list of General Health Care Links that you may find useful when doing your research on quality of the providers and success rates. Part of being a health care consumer is staying abreast of the latest news in the healthcare industry, which includes: national healthcare topics, health wellness programs, health reform law, recalls, and results of the latest studies.  Use this page as a starting point for online information.  Be sure to consult a doctor before making any decisions or self-diagnosing.

 


WebMD – WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information. You can trust that our content is timely and credible.


Kaiser Family Foundation – A leader in health policy and communications, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.

We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to information young people can use to improve their health or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.


U.S. Food and Drug Administration website provides health information for consumers.


AHIP.org – Welcome to AHIP’s web site. America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. Our member companies offer medical insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance, supplemental insurance, stop-loss insurance and reinsurance to consumers, employers and public purchasers.


The Consumer-Driven Health Care Institute (CDHCI) – The Consumer-Driven Health Care Institute is a not-for-profit organization representing the leaders in consumer-driven health care. CDHCI’s goal is to be the prime source for education, research and information about consumer-driven health care. The Institute actively promotes the shift to the Consumer-Driven Health paradigm.

The Member Companies have created health care models and technologies that empower individuals to make informed health care choices.

CDHCI believes that:

  • Consumers will work with their physicians and health care providers to create a better health care outcome for themselves and their families.
  • Health care usage is more cost efficient with empowered and knowledgeable consumers who use information tools.
  • Price and quality transparency about health care professionals is a key method for effective consumer health care choices.


Consumers for Health Care Choices (CHCC) – CHCC at The Heartland Institute is a national effort devoted to empowering health care consumers to preserve individual freedom and the quality of care in America’s health care system. CHCC brings doctors, insurers, privacy advocates, health care entrepreneurs, and consumers together in a single organization that communicates effectively to policymakers, civic and business leaders, opinion leaders, and the general public.


Mayo Clinic – The Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of “the needs of the patient come first.” Mayo Clinic is governed by a 33-member Board of Trustees.


Galen Institute – The Galen Institute is a non-profit public policy research organization devoted exclusively to advancing free-market ideas in health policy. We work to promote a more informed public debate over ideas that support innovation, individual freedom, consumer choice, and competition in the health sector.

The Galen Institute believes that:

  • Consumers and their physicians should have authority and responsibility over health care decisions;
  • The vibrant free market will encourage research and innovation and provide better access to new medical technologies; and
  • A market that supports innovation will lead to lower costs, expanded choice, and increased access to better medical care.


AIM DocFinder – Celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2011, the AIM DocFinder was the only online physician directory of its kind when it was launched in 1996. The DocFinder is still recognized for its easy to use search engine. DocFinder remains the only combined database of all licensing jurisdictions that has its direct source of data from and controlled by state licensing boards and remains free of charge to the public.

DocFinder contains the licensing background and disciplinary information of physicians and other health care practitioners in addition to physician profile information from states that have passed physician profile laws.


MedlinePlus – MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.


StateHealthFacts.org – Statehealthfacts.org is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data for all 50states. Statehealthfacts.org provides data on more than 700 health topics and is linked to both the Kaiser Family Foundation website (www.kff.org) and KaiserHealth News (http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/).


MIB – MIB Group, Inc. (“MIB”) is a membership corporation owned by approximately 470 member insurance companies in the US and Canada. Organized in 1902, MIB’s core fraud protection services protect insurers, policyholders and applicants from attempts to conceal or omit information material to the sound and equitable underwriting of life, health, disability income, critical illness and long-term care insurance.  Consumers have long had a right to obtain information from MIB about the contents of their MIB “consumer file.” We call this “Disclosure” and we now provide one free report annually for those consumers using the “streamlined” process that was developed in response to FACTA. Request a copy of your MIB “consumer file”.


RateMDs.com – The purpose of the site is to be a resource for people who want to find a good doctor or dentist. Where else can you find out what others think of your doctor? When choosing a doctor, wouldn’t you like some information first? It also gives you, the patient, a place to voice your opinion. Your opinion will help others find good doctors and dentists.


HealthGrades.com – Visitors to HealthGrades.com find quality ratings and cost information for the nation’s 5,000 hospitals and 16,000 nursing homes as well as in-depth profiles of the nation’s 750,000 physicians. As a leader in the consumer revolution in health care, HealthGrades receives more than eight million unique visitors to its consumer websites each month.


AHRQ.gov – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. Information from AHRQ’s research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research.