Health literacy includes a variety of criteria. If you think and see the image about literacy in a traditional sense, the term is pretty specific. The person can read or not, and if she can read, she has different abilities. The basic concept, however, remains quite simple and revolves around the reading ability.
Health literacy is something else. Not only does the person need to be able to read the written word, but literacy means being able to read and understand a prescription, understanding a diagnosis, deciphering a medical term, and above all, being an active and effective participant in the process to be personal life — their care decisions, which until a few decades ago were reserved exclusively for doctors. Moreover, literacy and health are inextricably linked to a direct relationship between good health and high literacy levels.
A key factor in the need for better literacy in healthcare is the cost. The high cost of medical care affects all those affected, whether or not they are insured, through higher premiums, reduced benefits, and higher rates for these benefits. Studies show that unskilled patients with low education, customers and clients are waiting for medical treatment ranging from routine check-ups to surgical procedures. Due to ignorance, fear or lack of resources, the lack of knowledge about health has a significant impact on the individual and thus on the society in which he lives.
Healthcare providers and organizations have set themselves the goal of improving the health education of the people they care about. The challenge for members to take personal responsibility for their medical care seems to progress. In reality, however, a culture of empowerment and synergy between healthcare providers and members or patients is created. The costs are reduced, and the general state of health improves when the person is informed about what is happening in their body. Serious illnesses such as cancer lead to better outcomes when the patient participates in treatment decisions and actively makes decisions.
Health literacy is aimed at everyone, not just academics and the rich. It benefits the entire society and costs only a minimum of inclination to learn and to learn. Today, there are many tools and resources that make developing a good understanding of healthcare easy and enjoyable. With the increase in life, the quality of life must be maintained or the achievements of recent years have no meaning. Health literacy is an effective way to achieve this goal.