|According to a 2014 report, nearly three in four physicians believe unnecessary test are a serious problem in health care in the United States. Patient health outcomes are improved substantially and nearly 30 percent of health care cost in America may be reduced when consumers (patients) and providers have meaningful conversations about tests, procedures and treatment.
The UAW Trust is pleased to collaborate with The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) to promote Choosing Wisely, an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation (ABIMF) in partnership with Consumer Reports and more than thirty national organizations representing medical specialists. The program aims to promote conversations between providers and patients by helping patients choose care that is:
- Supported by evidence.
- Not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received.
- Free from harm.
- Truly necessary.
Why? Not all health care improves health. Being informed helps you make smarter choices that lead to the right care and better results.
How? Use the resources provided below that are designed to give you reliable information in order to be an active participant in your health care by enabling you to:
- Engage in your relationship with your doctor–come prepared to visits with questions and current prescription information, get clarification and analyze pros and cons of tests and treatments.
- Take prevention seriously–lifestyle choices have a large impact on your health.