People in the Know: A Guide to Health Insurance Literacy

Health insurance is important because it is insurance against the hazard of incurring medical expenses. Health literacy is more than just a determination of reading skills; it is conceptual knowledge, writing, speaking, listening and arithmetic. The definition of health literacy is how far each person has the ability to process, obtain and comprehend fundamental services and information required to make vital judgments about their health. Every person, at some point in life, will come across health information that he or she will not be able to comprehend. Even people who are well-educated are not immune to having difficulties with understanding either a physician’s instructions about a procedure or drug or a medical form.

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