Information about health care coverage, treatment and prevention is available online. The rareness of each condition or situation determines the amount of relevant resources available to each person seeking health care information.
Some information on the Web is unreliable, and readers should consider the source and quality of the information, says FamilyDoctor.org. Helpful things to consider when finding health care information online are whether the website clearly states the source of the information, if a doctor or medical expert has reviewed the information, and if the site has updated the information in the last year. Websites ending in ".com" are typically commercial sites and users should double-check them against non-commercial sites, such as those with ".org" or ".gov" Web addresses. When information found on the Web is unreliable or inconsistent with the instructions of a doctor, patients should ask the doctor for clarification on the topic.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publishes information on topics such as health conditions and diseases, doctor visits, nutrition and physical activity, everyday healthy living, and pregnancy and parenting. Information on health care reform is also available from the department's official website. As of 2010, the U.S. Government requires most health plans to include preventive services, including vaccines, screenings and education.