As new initiatives in health care present options, it becomes increasingly important to personally take responsibility and take charge. Taking responsibility means maintaining a healthy lifestyle and addressing challenges early. Taking charge means having a good understanding of our health care needs, options and treatment.
A few years back, an interesting book was written: “How Doctors Think”. The book essentially explains that the more information a physician has, the more accurate the diagnosis. It continues to encourage consumers to take charge, take notes and ask questions to assist the physician in providing quality care.
Despite the concerns with HMOs and capitated health plans, consumers do have choices. We have a choice in the selection of our physicians and our other health care providers. We have a choice in the type of facility or agency we use for our care. And, we have a choice in the type of treatment we accept for various health care needs.
By asking the right questions, we can determine which health plan, physician, provider or facility and treatment is right for our needs. When you have your health, you have everything.
Your Health. Your Choice.
About VNA California
VNA California has been providing skilled nursing, rehabilitative, and hospice care to patients in their homes or places of residence since 1931. One of the oldest home health care providers in Southern California, VNA California supports 21,000+ patients with 250,000+ home health visits and provides over 185,000 days of hospice care. As the only community-based non-profit to offer a complete continuum of home care, VNA California provides Home Health, Rehabilitative, Palliative, and Hospice services throughout Riverside, San Bernardino, East Los Angeles and North San Diego Counties. Our Murrieta branch serves the local community. In addition, VNA’s Community Outreach efforts include Mourning Star Centers for child and teen grief and bereavement, the Nightingale Society, Charity Care Services, adult bereavement, professional continuing education and seminars and workshops on a variety of health-related topics. For more information or to volunteer call 855-VNA-CA11 or visit www.VNACalifornia.org