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Health Care Literacy Pays Off


 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), over 77 million people are considered to have inadequate health literacy, meaning they have difficulty with common health tasks like reading a prescription drug label or making a wise health care decision.

 

Low health literacy often results in higher utilization of basic and expensive health services like emergency care and inpatient visits. It is estimated that low health literacy costs the United States $106 billion to $238 billion annually and accounts for 7 to 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.

 

To be considered health literate, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine says a consumer must be able to do the following:

 

·         Access health care services.

·         Analyze relative risks and benefits.

·         Calculate dosages.

·         Communicate with health care providers.

·         Evaluate information for credibility and quality.

·         Interpret test results.

·         Locate health information.

Contact Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, Inc. to help assess your company’s health literacy, educate employers and employees, and keep track of health care expenses.

 

 

 

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BCH has a unique approach to advising our clients on how to control their Total Cost of Risk, not simply insurance cost. The Total Cost of Risk (TCOR) includes preventive, direct and indirect costs associated with operating a business. The BCH approach includes collaborating with our clients to create a long range written plan for controlling their TCOR .