Question it. Know it. Choose it.
- Don't Know what to ask your healthcare provider? Start with these 5 QUESTIONS before you get any test, treatment or procedure:
1. Do I really need this test or procedure?
2. What are the risks?
3. Are there simpler, safer options?
4. What happens if I don't do anything?
5. How much does it cost?
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Choosing Wisely: In 2012 the ABIM Foundation launched Choosing Wisely® with a goal of advancing a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.Choosing Wisely centers around conversations between providers and patients informed by the evidence-based recommendations of “Things Providers and Patients Should Question.” Patient Resources Clinicians Resources Additional Resources
Consumer Health Choices: Consumer Reports supports consumers in identifying and choosing high-quality, high-value, products and services, and optimizing their health and wellness. We advocate for public policies and marketplace changes that allow and promote fair, just, and high-value health systems.
Consumer Health Choices is where you can find free Consumer Reports resources for patients and their families.
Compare Maine: The cost and quality of healthcare procedures can vary widely among providers. You have a choice in where you receive care. CompareMaine shows the average cost of common healthcare procedures at different facilities in Maine.You can also see patient experience ratings and how Maine hospitals compare on patient safety.
Employer Tool Kit: Created by the National Business Coalition on Health, in partnership with Consumer Reports and with support from the Pacific Business Group on Health, the Choosing Wisely Employer Toolkit is a resource for employers to help them educate their employees about the importance of engaging their clinician in conversations about avoiding unnecessary care.