10th Ed. Chapter 18 Becoming an Informed Health Care Consumer

10th Ed. Chapter 18 Becoming an Informed Health Care Consumer

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Chapter 18: Becoming an Informed Health Care Consumer Objectives Learning Objectives On completing this chapter, you will be able to: Describe the strengths and weaknesses of different sources of health information. List strategies for choosing a physician appropriate for you. Explain the role of a primary care physician as it relates to diagnosis, treatment, screening, consultation, and prevention. Describe the basic premises and practices of popular forms of complementary and alternative medicine, including chiropractic, acupuncture, ayurveda, homeopathy, and herbalism. List strategies for choosing and evaluating CAM practitioners. Describe benefits and types of appropriate home care. Explain different types of health insurance plans. Identify key areas of concern regarding the current U.S. system of health care costs of reimbursement. Describe strategies for evaluating and safely using health-related products, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. List strategies for becoming a skilled health care consumer and avoiding health care fraud. Terms and Definitions acupuncture – insertion of fine needles into the body to alter electroenergy fields and cure disease. allopathy – a system of medical practice in which specific remedies are used to produce effects different from those produced by a disease or injury. brand name – specific patented name assigned to a drug by its manufacturer. chemical name – name used to describe the molecular structure of a drug. chiropractic – manipulation of the vertebral column to relieve pressure and cure illness. compliance – willingness to follow the directions provided by another person. consumer fraud – marketing of unreliable and ineffective services, products, or information under the guise of curing disease or improving health; quackery. generic name – common or nonproprietary name of a drug.
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