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Published on Aug 26, 2011
Why care about your care? Because in the United States, some people don't get the care they should, such as cancer screenings, immunizations, or—for those with diabetes—regular eye and foot care. Some get care they shouldn't—care that's wasteful and exposes them to potential harm, such as unnecessary CAT scans or x-rays. And sadly some people simply get care that can harm them. Preventable medical errors may kill as many as 98,000 Americans each year. Plus, as patients, we all could do more to take care of ourselves and play a more active role in our health.
Even though more information about health care quality is available than ever before, few people are using that information to make decisions about their care. We want all Americans to seek and get the best care possible.
CARE ABOUT YOUR CARE is a month-long effort to raise awareness about what you can do to identify and get better health care.
Convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the CARE ABOUT YOUR CARE partnership includes: