One of the best ways to ensure that you and your family enjoy good health is to equip yourself with the facts about important health issues. This section contains the health information you need to make informed decisions about participating in clinical trials, choosing the right health care insurance plan and ensuring early detection of health problems with regular medical screening.

Clinical Health Care Trials

A clinical trial tests the effectiveness of a particular type of treatment, method of diagnosis or medical screening technique on human subjects. Clinical trials are a critical step in both the research and approval processes for any new medical treatment or technique.

Although thousands of people participate in clinical trials every year, they represent only a small fraction of potential participants. If more people participated in clinical health care trials, new treatments would be available to the public much sooner. According to a survey conducted in 2000 by the National Cancer Institute, the main reason people gave for not participating in clinical trials was that they didn’t have enough information about the trials.

Participating in a clinical trial has a number of health care benefits. Participants receive the best possible health care from leading medical experts, and all treatment and medication provided during the trial is completely free of charge. Some trials even offer compensation for your time. Explore this section to learn more about clinical trials going on in your area.

Health Care Insurance

With the rising costs of medical care, health care insurance has become an important essential. Although premiums may be high, health care insurance protects you against paying costly, out-of-pocket emergency health care costs. By equipping yourself with the proper health information, you can find out how to get health care coverage for yourself and your family and keep your costs down at the same time.

This section contains information about:

  • Choosing a health care insurance plan
  • Coverage for unemployed persons
  • Getting the most out of your current health care insurance plan
  • Health care insurance for individuals and families
  • HMOs vs. PPOs
  • Types of health care insurance
  • What types of treatment should be covered.

Medical Screening

Medical screening involves tests that are designed to uncover the presence of serious health conditions, such as heart disease. Medical screening can detect health problems early, before symptoms even begin. Treatment is usually more successful when started at an early stage.

In order for your doctor to detect health problems early on, regular medical screening is necessary, even if you feel perfectly healthy. It’s up to you to talk to your doctor about medical screening. She will recommend certain tests depending on factors such as age, family history and gender. She will take other risk factors, such as diet and lifestyle, into consideration as well.

Doctors often recommend regular screening for the following conditions:

Explore the “Health Information” section to learn more about why medical screening is so important to your health and wellbeing.

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