It’s Your Healthcare - Take Control!
Release Date: 01/27/2009

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Alegent Health Unveils New Tools to Help Consumers Take Control of their Health

OMAHA, Neb. — A new, free, interactive online tool, Thisisyourhealthcare.com, is helping the community get healthy and save money at the same time. It’s as simple as logging on to the computer and following three simple steps.

“We are shifting the healthcare equation,” said Wayne Sensor, Alegent Health CEO. “Instead of healthcare being something that is done “to” you as a patient, we believe it should be something that you, the consumer, direct and control. Why not?  What other good or service do we, as Americans, buy without knowing how good it is or how much it costs?” 

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Alegent Health is answering those questions by posting quality scores online, giving free cost estimates for services through My Cost, a patent-pending online tool, and now by helping consumers understand their risk at developing a catastrophic illness and how to avoid it.

There are no two ways about it – chronic disease is expensive.  The average cost of heart bypass surgery is about $70,000 - the cost of a preventive doctor visit is about $120 a year.  Yet the National Association of Insurance Commissioners found that 22-percent of people surveyed put off their doctor visits to save money in these tough economic times. Eleven-percent have cut back the number of prescription drugs they take or the dosage to make them last longer.

“Clearly avoiding routine healthcare is not the way to stay healthy,” said Jeffery Jacobs, M.D., a primary care physician with Alegent Health Clinic. “If you can’t remember the last time you’ve seen your doctor, it’s probably a good idea to schedule a check-up, that way you’ll know for sure you’re as healthy as you feel.”

You can schedule that appointment online at www.thisisyourhealthcare.com, which is a great first step at getting back into the swing of healthcare. You’ll find a wealth of information online that will help you get started on the journey to better health. It starts with a quick health smart quiz to determine your risks. In only a few minutes and with a couple of yes/no answers, the quiz will evaluate what you know about your general health condition and family health history – then make recommendations about what you can do to improve your health.  In addition to the online quiz, www.thisisyourhealthcare.com also features health information, videos and podcasts with Alegent Health experts on disease management.

“The beauty of this tool is that if you discover you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, you can take care if it early and avoid a more traumatic and costly healthcare visit down the road,” explained Sensor.

About Alegent Health
Alegent Health is the largest not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with 10 hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians and 9,000 employees. Alegent Health is ranked first in the country in quality and patient satisfaction according to the Network for Regional healthcare Improvement (NRHI). That exceptional commitment to providing patient focused care for the body, mind and spirit of every person keeps Alegent Health faithful to its Mission, which was inspired by its sponsors, Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems. At Alegent Health, patients and their families find a continuum of care, from women's and children's services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. Alegent Health is online at www.alegent.com.

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