Consumer health basics

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Can you remember how you got consumer health information before the internet? Your doctor was probably your only credible source, and that meant going in for an appointment.

Today it's possible to be more informed about your health care options. Even so, navigating the complex health care system is no easy task. To be a savvy health care consumer, you have to ask questions and take charge of your health.

Fortunately, more and more tools are available to help you make smart choices. Take advantage of these resources and take charge of your health care.

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Nov. 19, 2021

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