Welcome

It’s essential that you and your family become informed consumers of health care to help ensure you receive the best care. Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their health care providers receive better care and are happier with their care.

Consumer Reports has developed the information and resources here to help you and your family engage with your providers. These tools can help you have an informed conversation with your providers about choosing high quality care you need while avoiding unnecessary services you don’t.


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Consumer Reports provides this information for you to use in discussions with your physician, nurse or other qualified health provider.   However, please note that the content is for educational use only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Making Healthy Choices: The Video

More medical care is not always better for you. Here’s advice from Consumer Reports about often overused tests and treatments. Ask your doctor whether you really need them.

 

Health Care: Making Healthy Choices from Consumer Health Choices.


The video also is available in segments:

Health Care: Making Healthy Choices (Part 1 of 4) from Consumer Health Choices.

Health Care: Making Healthy Choices (Part 2 of 4) from Consumer Health Choices.

Health Care: Making Healthy Choices (Part 3 of 4) from Consumer Health Choices.

Health Care: Making Healthy Choices (Part 4 of 4) from Consumer Health Choices.

Making Healthy Choices: The App

Do you really need that medical test or procedure? Could it do more harm than good?

Is the drug advertisement on TV telling the truth? Is it the best drug for your condition?

This free app, for Apple iOS devices, will help you focus on the care you really need.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Most of us ask lots of questions before we buy a new car, sign a lease for a new apartment, or make any other big decision. But what about before making a medical decision, such as starting a new drug or having a certain surgery? Here are questions that Consumer Reports suggests asking your health care provider every time you’re considering a new medical test, treatment, or procedure.

Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor (wallet card)

Five Questions to Ask About a New Drug

Five Questions to Ask About Medical Tests Before Surgery

Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Antibiotics

Five Ways to be Smart About Ovarian Cancer

Talk to Your Doctor About Heart Disease Tests

Your Health: Fact Not Fiction

 

Medical Tests

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Imaging

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Procedures

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Drugs

Choosing Wisely helps doctors and patients together avoid needless and even harmful tests and treatments.

Each PDF file may be read here, printed or downloaded to your own device.

Best Buy Drugs

Use our Best Buy Drugs reports to find safe, effective, and inexpensive options for treating your disease or symptoms.

Prevention

Doing what you can to stay healthy, including getting vaccines, eating a healthy diet, getting the right cancer tests, and more, can help prevent diseases. Read these Consumer Reports articles for specific details and answers to common questions.

From Consumer Reports

Doctors and Hospitals

From Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has pulled together the best doctor resources out there to help you check up on your doctor, including information on quality, qualification, licensing and patient experience information.

Hospital Survival Guides

Almost everyone will need a hospital at some point, either for a planned or unplanned reason. Read these Consumer Reports articles to learn more about hospital safety, how to choose a hospital, and how to have the best and safest hospital experience possible.