Doctors & Hospitals

health-14 How to Choose a Hospital

When it comes to choosing a hospital, many patients rely on their doctor, who will usually steer them to the facility where he or she has privileges or other affiliations. Asking friends and family for recommendations is also a time-honored solution, and a hospital’s reputation in the community is an important indicator of its quality. In an emergency, of course, [...]

health-16 How to Have a Safe Hospital Stay

Despite advances in medical care, hospital safety continues to be a serious concern for patients. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine reported that an estimated 90,000 patients die from medical errors each year, a number that by some estimates has not changed and may even have increased. The threat of hospital infections is one key concern for patients; according to [...]

health-17 How to Have a Digital Doctor Visit

Doctors are increasingly communicating with their patients online. Here are some tips for making the best use of the technology. Generally, the most common digital doctor services are the simplest ones, like paying bills, sending lab results and scheduling appointments, and you will likely find these digital tools convenient once you start using them to avoid phone calls. But patients [...]

health-12 How to Find a Doctor

For decades, patients have found doctors by asking neighbors and co-workers, and getting referrals from doctors they already know. Barring that, many simply pick a physician from their health plan who happens to be nearby — and hope for the best. But today, patients have an expanding array of referral resources, fee-based services and free online tools to find the [...]

Wellness & Diet

health-38 How to Lose Weight

Diet advice often seems dizzying: Avoid fats! No, avoid carbs! Eat all you want of these magic foods! Don’t even “diet” because diets backfire! But amid the sea of contradictory advice, a consensus is emerging on a few key suggestions that will lower your overall intake and keep [...]

health-34 How to Manage Stress

Stress and negative emotions can affect the immune system, increase inflammation and even increase the amount of physical pain a person feels. But there are plenty of ways to short-circuit these harmful effects of stress. One of the best is physical exercise, which not only releases the feel-good [...]

health-32 How to Wash Your Hands

There’s a simple step you can take to keep yourself from getting sick: Wash your hands frequently. The list of infections that can spread via unwashed hands reads like the Biblical plagues, including staph, strep, salmonella, E. coli, hepatitis, MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), colds, flu and norovirus – the infamous [...]

Health Costs

health-29 How to Research Health Care Prices

It’s long been hard for health-care consumers to learn how much doctor visits or hospital stays will cost them. That’s now beginning to change, as a growing array of Web sites try to lift the [...]

health-30 How to Avoid Surprise Medical Bills

Few things are more unpleasant than getting hit with an unexpected medical bill. But there are steps you can take to avoid at least certain types of surprises. First, you should check with your insurer [...]

health-04 How to Appeal a Health Insurance Denial

Battling a health insurer when it refuses to cover certain treatments can be aggravating and time-consuming. But if you choose to appeal a coverage denial, there are several strategies that can bolster your case. Some [...]

health-19 How to Buy an Individual Health Insurance Plan

More Americans are buying their own health insurance, but the process can be tough. There are ways to make sure you understand what you’re buying, and that you get the product that’s best for you. [...]

health-43 How to Keep Health Insurance When You’re Laid Off

Getting laid off is never easy, and one of the toughest aspects can be losing the health benefits that go along with being employed. There are several options available to keep yourself and your family [...]