Despite all the news coverage of healthcare reform and the declaration that many preventive services will be covered by health plans, the fact remains that many consumers still don’t have a grasp on what preventive care entails and what they’re entitled to receive. Our research indicates that 30% of Americans say they don’t feel knowledgeable about what preventive care services are covered by their health insurance plans. And this lack of understanding could be contributing to a lower-than-desirable number of patients taking advantage of preventive care through their healthcare providers.
Who is ultimately responsible for this education? It’s really a shared responsibility between the patient, the doctor and health plans. American Medical News discusses the factors at play in this educational gap. Learn more here.