Making informed health care decisions
Take charge of your health care
Health care can be complicated. But as the consumer, you can be an active participant in your health. This page includes resources and tools to help you take a bigger role in your health.
Choosing a primary care doctor
It's important to have a primary care doctor you know and trust. Read five tips for choosing one.
Being a savvy health care shopper
As part of our Healthier Washington initiative, in partnership with the Washington Health Alliance, we’ve created a campaign called the Savvy Health Care Shopper. The campaign includes a video, a series of infographics, and a brochure for you to use to help you and your employees know how to get high-value health care. We encourage you to share these materials with your employees, members, and even your friends and family.
Some of the most common medical procedures may be overused. The Washington Health Alliance's Choosing Wisely campaign focuses on cervical cancer screening, antibiotics, cardiac and other imaging, and early elective births.
Understanding health insurance coverage
- Our partners at the Health Benefit Exchange offer easy-to-understand information about health insurance on their Know Your Plan page . From shopping for a plan to understanding your bill, this information is helpful for anyone who has basic questions about health insurance.
- The federal HeathCare.gov website includes a section on using health coverage to stay healthy and get the care you need . This section includes videos and a user-friendly publication, From Coverage to Care: A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You.
- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation offers resources in English and Spanish to help anyone shopping or helping someone shop for health coverage within the health insurance marketplaces.
Owning your health
As health care consumers, we have a big role in making sure we get the right care. The Washington Health Alliance's Own Your Health campaign offers information and tools to help you make decisions about your care.