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Health insurance how do people get health insurance

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health insurance How do people get health insurance? There are several ways for people to obtain health insurance. Many people who work are insured through their employers. Often employees can choose from several plans to find the one that best meets their needs. Self-employed people often purchase their own insurance. People who cannot afford insurance may be covered by Medicaid, the federal government’s medical insurance program. 57 Most managed care plans offer preventive health services to their members. Why is preventive care important? Lesson 2 Choosing Community Health Services
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Trends in Health Care o help reduce expenses and improve the quality of care, the T health community continually updates the types of care avail- able and the procedures used to implement care for people of all ages. Current trends include the following: Birthing centers are homelike settings that involve family members in the delivery of a baby. Birthing centers are usually less expensive than hospitals. However, they are appropriate only for women with low-risk pregnancies. Drug treatment centers specialize in treating people with drug and alcohol problems, usually outside of a hospital setting. Continuing care and assisted living facilities provide short- and long-term care for people who need help with daily tasks but who do not require professional medical care. Many older adults benefit from this kind of care. Hospices provide care for people who are terminally ill. Hospice workers are experts at managing pain and providing emotional support for the patient and his or her family. Telemedicine is the practice of medicine over distance through the use of telecommunications equipment. A medical specialist located hundreds of miles away can be brought into an examination room through a live interactive electronic system. You and Your Health Care good doctor/patient relationship is critical to quality health A care. This relationship requires open communication and a sense of trust. A health care professional can treat you and make recommendations for your health, but you need to take an active role in your medical care. Your relationship with your health care provider is a partnership—each of you must apply skills to effectively maintain your health. A good place to start is with an awareness of your own , complete and comprehen- sive information about your immunizations and any health problems you have had to date. Most doctors’ offices will ask you to fill out a medical history during your first visit. This form usually requires you to provide information about your own health habits, as well as the health of close family members. Ask your parents to help you obtain this information. The information in your medical history gives a health care provider an idea of your overall level of wellness.
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