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At  Patient Advocate Foundation you get free advice or hire a patient claims person with the hospital or an insurance advocate. They provide patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. 

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Consumer health websites must be considered as basic reference tools that are only as good as the information and services that they deliver. Look for sites that adhere to the American Medical Association’s guidelines. The site should indicate when the content was posted and updated. The authors of the content (be there individuals or organizations) should be clearly identified. A good place to start your search is MedlinePlus at www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus or www.medlineplus.gov . This website offers information from the National Institutes of Health and other reliable sources on hundreds of diseases and conditions. It offers complete information on whatever ails you in easy to understand language. It also has an illustrated medical encyclopedia.

Check America’s Best Hospitals best health, plans, best diets and best doctors  at www.usnews.com .   You can also find possible causes of what’s ailing you or a family member at U.S. News online alphabetical directory of symptoms and look for “symptom finder” under health news.

 

www.everydayhealth.com supplies comprehensive health information and breaking news

 

www.4women.gov is a website provided by the National Women’s Health Information Center that has tools that provide guidelines for screening tests, help figure out risks of heart atttack in the next 10years and figure your BMI

 

www.healthcentral.com has a symptom checker and offers possible reasons

 

www.pubmed.com is a searchable database from the National Institutes of Health and allows you to read abstracts or original medical studies

 

www.bewell.com were Doctors write  blogs and offer advice

 

www.patientslikeme.com features forums on MS, fibromyalgia, and mental health

You can calculate your Real Age”, the biological age of your body by taking a test that considers more than 100 factors affecting your health at www.usnews.com and look for “real age”

Patients, friends, families and caregivers can connect with people who have similar medical issues, post questions and share thoughts in a safe and secure health community offered in 31 topic areas at www.usnews.com and look under “health” and “community”

Get daily health news from HealthDay which offers headlines, news roundups and tips at www.health.usnews.com

 

Have legal questions about long term care, Medicare or Social Security? Go to www.elderlawanswers.com were you can choose a topic or search different articles by state.

 

www.ConsumerReportsMedicalGuide.org has in depth information for more than 100 common conditions and 900 over the counter drugs plus ratings of health and medical treatments.

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The National Hearing Test is an accurate, validated hearing screening test, developed with 

funding from the National Institutes of Health. This not-for-profit screening is taken over a 

telephone to help you determine if you need a complete hearing evaluation.

It has no financial connection with any hearing products/services. It can be free for AARP members or can cost $5