Maintaining Your Personal Health Record A PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate tests and allow you to receive faster, safer treatment and care in an emergency. It also can help you play a more active role in your health care. How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process. Choosing a Hospital You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort. How to Get Optimal Medical Care To get the best medical care you can, you should be an informed patient who works closely with your health care provider. How to Cut Your Hospital Bills Although you may not be able to avoid a hospital stay, there are ways to trim the expenses. Making a Good Match: Working with Your Health Care Provider Are you and your health care provider a good fit? Your health is important to how well you function and enjoy life, so your health care provider can be one of your most valued partners. How to Get Medications for Less Here are strategies from the Food and Drug Administration to help you cut your prescription costs by 50 percent or more.