Regional Health Literacy Coalition http://wesa.fm en The High Cost of Medical Illiteracy http://wesa.fm/post/high-cost-medical-illiteracy <p>Roughly 90% of Americans are medically illiterate to some degree, according to Kevin Progar, Project Manager of the <a href="http://iop.pitt.edu/healthliteracy/">Regional Health Literacy Coalition</a>.</p><p>This low level is a costly problem for patients and healthcare providers. Consumers accept their doctor’s orders without asking for a second opinion or truly understanding what the doctor has said. In some cases patients take their medication incorrectly or do not take the prescribed medication at all (because they do not understand how to do so properly). Progar says $230 billion is wasted annually in the United States because of medical illiteracy. How can we fix this problem? Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:02:50 +0000 Nick Frost 17523 at http://wesa.fm The High Cost of Medical Illiteracy