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Welcome to MyHealthIndependence.com. Visiting this website is the first step on your road to health independence. The checklists on this site are intended to assist you in obtaining the best possible medical care.

There are a number of factors that contribute to suboptimal care for patients today. Time pressures may prevent you and your doctors or other health care providers from spending enough time with each other. Anxiety or confusion may make it difficult for you to communicate effectively with your doctor and get the maximum benefit from your limited time together. If you can maximize this time, you may be able to receive better health care with better results, and your long-term out of pocket costs may be lower as well.

You may need to work with more than one healthcare provider to meet all your health goals. Using the checklists here, you can participate more effectively in your own treatment and preventive care. We hope the information provided here will support your efforts to live a healthier, happier, wealthier and more fulfilling life.

Using this website may address some of the health care concerns raised in the following articles:

"From Health to Wealth Investing in healthy living now may add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars later in life" TIME by Dan Kadlec 09/22/2008

"You re Sick. Now What? Knowledge Is Power" The New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope 09/30/2008

"At House Party on Health Care, the Diagnosis Is It’s Broken" The New York Times by Robert Pear 12/22/2008

"Op-ed: Healthcare reforms should focus on both individual, systemic levels" Seattle Times by Greg Vigdor 12/23/2008