Millions of consumers get health information from the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad?
Consider the source. Is it a .gov, .com, .edu, .org? What is the author's bias? When is the webpage updated - daily, monthly, annually? Is the content factual? Look for evidence based research. Be a cyber-skeptic!
Top Ten Consumer Health Sites
(Per the Consumer Health staff at SCCCLD*)
Authoritative information on over 800 health topics, drugs, and supplements from the National Library of Medicine.
Also available as a web app at http://m.medlineplus.gov/
Includes access to the Health Insurance Marketplace, which allows you to compare insurance plans.
Reliable, easy to understand information about a wide variety of common health topics.
The myfamily mobile app is available for tracking medications, finding pharmacies, and accessing health information on the go.
Information and scientific research on alternative and unconventional medical practices and products.
Information and statistics about substance abuse and mental health, including treatment resources.
Easy-to-use website that features basic health and wellness information for older adults.
Official government site for Medicare; provides information about the ins and outs of Medicare, including locating plans and providers.
MEDICARE QUESTIONS? CLAIM has Medicare Answers!- Get help with Medicare questions like:
- Enrollment and billing
- Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
- Medigap and supplemental insurance
- Long-term care planning and insurance
- Medicare Advantage plans
- Public benefits
- Appeals and grievances
- Suspected waste, fraud, and abuse
Local health statistics and information about health services provided by St.Charles County.
Contains links to services and information overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, such as:
- HHS Healthcare - Contains a breakdown of the Affordable Care Act and associated benefits
- CDC.gov - The Centers for Disease Control and Protection provides information on vaccines, emergency preparedness, and other health and safety issues.
- Foodsafety.gov - Food safety tips and recall information.
- Household Products Database - Learn more about ingredients in common household products, potential health effects, and proper safety and handling.
* Alison Griffith, Allison Wisniewski, Nancy Pruitt, Beverlee Kaster, Denise Ulett