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Tips to Increase Your Health Literacy

Posted by USFHP on Nov 10, 2021 12:30:00 PM

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An estimated 9 million Americans have low health literacy.

Health literacy is defined as the ability to search, understand, and use basic healthcare information to make informed decisions for yourself or others. It is imperative to know the basics of healthcare, such as how to follow a healthy diet, being able to read blood pressure results, or simply knowing your insurance provider and understanding your coverage plan.

Here are two tips that can help increase health literacy:

  1. Speak with a trusted healthcare provider
  2. Find reliable sources for health information

There is a lot of misinformation online, but when steered in the right direction, you can learn to easily identify valid resources that can increase health literacy and help promote overall wellness. It is always best to speak with your doctor or healthcare provider whenever you have questions. People that do not understand the value of health can become vulnerable to otherwise avoidable complications, due to missteps such as delays in treatment.

In the United States, dental care, eye care, and annual checkups are all appointments that people tend to skip or delay. Even if you are healthy, delaying or skipping annual checkups can be detrimental in the long run. 

At USFHP we've got you covered with regular wellness visits, checkups, and screenings for your family, as recommended by the CDC. With our TRICARE Prime plan, members can select from a network of over 20,000 top-ranked healthcare professionals and receive enhanced benefits, including:


We’ve also developed incentive programs that give rewards to our members for meeting certain health goals.

Visit or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.

Topics: Health, open enrollment, open season, health literacy