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Tips & Tools to Choose the Safest Medical Care

  1. 1. Tips & Tools to Choose the Safest Medical Care Janet McNichol
  2. 2. Hospital Doctor Drug How to choose a:
  3. 3. Choose a Hospital •
  4. 4. Aren’t All Hospitals Safe?
  5. 5. Medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S.
  6. 6. HospitalSafetyGrade.org
  7. 7. Choose a Doctor This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC
  8. 8. It takes 17 years for new scientific evidence to be adopted by physicians
  9. 9. Surgeon Scorecard
  10. 10. How much money has your doctor received from drug companies?
  11. 11. Choose a Drug This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY
  12. 12. MedSavvy
  13. 13. Good RX
  14. 14. Tried & True vs Latest Greatest Serious problems don’t become apparent until a drug has been used for years by lots of people.
  15. 15. Ask These 5 Questions Before Getting Any Treatment Do I really need this test, procedure, or medication? What are the risks? Are there simpler, safer options? What happens if I don’t do anything? How much does it cost? Ask These 5 Questions Before Getting Any Treatment Do I really need this test, procedure, or medication? What are the risks? Are there simpler, safer options? What happens if I don’t do anything? How much does it cost?
  16. 16. Public Service Announcement

Editor's Notes

  • D.C. health inspectors found that MedStar Washington Hospital Center had not ensured a safe, sterile environment for patients. Investigators reported at least seven sewage leaks during an 11-month period, and during a tour last summer described a “black, grainy, foul smelling substance” on the floor between two operating rooms.
  • 98,000 people die in any given year from medical errors that occur in hospitals. 
  • Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
  • Limited conditions tracked knee and hip replacements, gallbladder removal, spinal fusion, prostate resection and removal. They’re adding more.
  • A 2016 ProPublica analysis found that physicians who received payments from drug and medical device companies were significantly more likely to prescribe high-cost branded medications. In another study, researchers found that a single drug-company-sponsored meal can make a physician more likely to prescribe an expensive brand-name cholesterol medication instead of a less expensive generic one.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/big-pharma-gives-your-doctor-gifts-then-your-doctor-gives-you-big-pharmas-drugs/2017/06/13/5bc0b550-5045-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html
  • Osteoporosis meds ranged in effectiveness from B to D. The drugs rated a B ranged in cost from $4 to $3,524 per month. https://medsavvy.com/conditions/44/comparison#compare
  • If you use a Good RX coupon, the cost of the medication may not run through your insurance and track toward your deductible and out-of-pocket max. This tool is best for those without insurance and for prescriptions not covered by your health insurance.
  • Each year an estimated 4.5 million Americans visit a physician’s office or emergency room because of side effects related to their prescription medications.

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