Health Care Shopping: Continue Your Journey

Other useful links to assist you in being more informed and to help you make better health care decisions:

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Questions to ask your doctor, pharmacist, or before having surgery

Your health depends on good communication with your doctor and pharmacist. Here are some online resources to help you know what questions to ask.

Questions for the doctor:

Questions for the pharmacist:

Questions to ask before having surgery:

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More about this procedure

Here are online resources to help you learn more about medical tests and procedures.

A-Z searching:

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Procedure cost look-up

Health cost calculators can help you estimate your costs for medical services and procedures in the ZIP code where you receive care.

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Health care provider look-up

Use this tool to find and compare providers by provider, city or zip code.

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Health insurance plan finder and marketplace calculator

Here are some sites to search for health plan options, with estimated prices you would expect to pay based on your income:

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Compare hospitals

Here you can find hospitals near you and compare the quality of care your hospital provides compared to other hospitals:

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State of Washington health resources

Here are some Washington State web sites where you can go to learn more about programs and services that are in place to help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, and provide information to help people make good health decisions.

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Federal agency health resources

Here are some Federal agancy web sites where you can go to learn more about programs and services that are in place to help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, and provide information to help people make good health decisions.

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Accountable Communities for Health

Accountable Communities for Health is a Washington state model that brings leaders from different health areas together to work to improve health and health care and reduce health care costs for state residents. Support comes from the Washington State Healthcare Authority (HCA), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)

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Consumer advocates/help for financial, insurer disputes, or other needs

Here are links for consumer protection services and assistance with Medicare and health care choices.

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Consumer publishers with health information by category

The following health websites may be useful to help you search for health related information by category.

Alzheimer’s disease:

Cancer:

Child specific health:

Diabetes:

Exercise & fitness:

General health topics:

Health sharing and support:

Heart health:

HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention:

  • University of California San Francisco (HIV InSite)

Mental health:

Pharmacy:

Senior specific health: