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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.

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Health Literacy

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

Being able to read, understand, and effectively use basic health instructions and information can make the difference between poor health outcomes and getting and staying well.  Why is Health Literacy so important?
  • People with low health literacy are at more than double the risk for hospitalizations
  • People with low health literacy often fail to seek preventative care
  • Individuals with low health literacy are estimated to cost the United States healthcare system $58 billion per year in higher costs
  • The average adult reads at an 8th to 9th grade level, while most health information is written at college level or higher
  • 90 million American adults have low health literacy
  • Low health literacy can affect anyone of any age, ethnicity, or educational level
"Prepare To See Your Doctor" may help you better communicate with your healthcare providers and improve your personal organization of your health information. 
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