National Consumers League

Your Health

Changes to our healthcare system in recent years have meant new opportunities and challenges for consumers. Keeping America’s families safe and healthy is our goal, and with Your Health NCL has got you covered.

Consumers wary of therapeutic substitution

Therapeutic substitution, known also as drug switching and therapeutic interchange, is the practice of replacing a patient’s prescription drugs with chemically different drugs that are expected to have the same clinical effect. Many times patients switch to a different drug with no problems. However, for certain medications and conditions, therapeutic substitution could cause problems.

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Flu facts for expectant moms

Recent reports show that up to 30 percent of pregnant women who are infected with the H1N1 flu virus require hospitalization. And of the H1N1-related deaths reported in the United States, 6 percent of them – a disproportionately high percentage – are pregnant women. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, “Getting a flu shot is the single best way to protect against the flu.” Yet many pregnant women are either hesitant to get a flu shot or have been unable to get vaccinated due to limited supplies.

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Dental care key to health reform

Providing preventative health care is one of the most important strategies for lowering our nation’s health costs. We hear a lot about the 46 million Americans without health insurance, but rarely do we hear that more than twice that lack dental insurance.

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Denied health claim? Appeal it!

Have you run into problems with your health plan? You’re not alone! Half of all consumers experience problems with them, but fewer than 1 in every 10,000 tries to fight, or appeal, when a claim has been denied. But appealing a denied claim works—maybe more often than you’d think!

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Consumer groups concerned about mechanically tenderized meat products

Following a December 24, 2009 recall of 248,000 pounds of mechanically tenderized steaks that sickened 21 consumers in 16 states, nine of whom were hospitalized, consumer groups are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to require labeling identifying all mechanically tenderized meat products; to include these products in its sampling program; and to inform the public and restaurants about the need for adequate cooking of these products.

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