Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, June 1st, 2003
Unnecessary hospitalizations, delays in treatment, and problems with prescriptions are among the costly problems that crop up when people do not understand their care and doctors fail to reach out to their patients, the research showed.
The numbers add up to between 3% and 5% of personal health care costs nationwide, said Robert B. Friedland, PhD, of Georgetown University, who estimated that $50 billion to $73 billion could be saved each year by improving health literacy.
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