Consumer Guide to Health Care
The purpose of this guide is to help Wisconsin residents make better health
care choices by providing easy access to useful information. To meet this goal, we have
identified links to Wisconsin-based organizations and databases wherever possible.
Links are also provided to the most comprehensive national sites.
The Consumer Guide to Health Care was developed in response to a mandate
in Chapter 153, Wisconsin Statutes.
Finding and Choosing Health Care Providers in Wisconsin
How to find and choose doctors, dentists, hospitals,
nursing homes, and other types of health care providers.
Paying for Health Care in Wisconsin
How to choose among your insurance options, state and
federal insurance programs, and options if you are on Medicare,
running a small business, buying insurance on your own or losing your
Dealing with Special Health Care Situations
Finding free or reduced-fee health care; dealing with problems with a provider, your insurance, or medical
debt; coping with a disability or chronic illness; and finding
information for caregivers.
Becoming an Informed Health Care Consumer
Finding the safest and highest quality
health care, treatment options, information on health care charges,
how to find reliable help on the Web, and other government and private
sources of help and information.
November 19, 2012