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Tips for Being a Wise Health Consumer 

February is National Wise Health Consumer Month. From the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, here are 10 tips for being a wise healthcare consumer:

  • Take the time to carefully select a doctor or healthcare provider. Ask friends or relatives for recommendations. Investigate whether or not the doctor participates in your health insurance plan.
  • Prepare for visits to your healthcare provider by compiling lists of questions or concerns you wish to discuss during your appointment. By making the most of the time you have, you can avoid unnecessary calls and repeat visits.
  • Ask questions about medications you are prescribed. Understand why you are taking it and how it should be taken. Finish all medications, even if you are feeling better.
  • Keep a checklist of all medications you are taking and share this list with your healthcare provider. This is especially important if you are seeing more than one doctor.
  • Be aware of routine medical tests and examinations and the recommended times to have them. You may be able to avoid unnecessary and expensive tests.
  • Keep a well-stocked pharmacy with commonly used medicinal items. This can help you deal with common problems and save costly trips to the doctor or emergency department.
  • Understand you health insurance plan. A list of basic questions about what is covered and knowing the answers to these questions can save time and money.
  • Take care of your mental health as well as your physical health. States of emotional upset can interfere with daily living routines, and can ultimately affect your physical well-being.
  • Keep a list of health agencies handy as a reference. Most are available by phone, fax or e-mail and can serve as a resource for free information and support.

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Crozer-Keystone Health System

Grant Gegwich, Vice President

Phone: 610-447-6316
Fax: 610-447-2015
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Crozer-Chester Medical Center
Kate Stier, Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
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Pager: 610-541-3130

Community Hospital
Kate Stier,  Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
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Springfield Hospital
Kate Stier,  Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
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Healthplex Sports Club
Kate Stier, Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
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Delaware County Memorial Hospital

Mary Wascavage
Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Phone: 610-284-8619
Fax: 610-284-8606
Pager: 610-318-0861

Taylor Hospital

Mary Wascavage, Director

Phone: 610-284-8619
Fax: 610-284-8606
Pager: 610-318-0861