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About 90 million Americans experience suboptimal health care because they lack the ability to read, understand, and act on health information, according to a comprehensive report on health literacy issued by the Institute of Medicine.
Because of their inability to navigate an increasingly complex medical system, these people experience a higher rate of hospitalization, use more emergency services, and end up with higher medical bills, according to the 368-page report, "Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion."
"Health literacy is fundamental to quality care," said Dr. David Kindig, chair of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Health Literacy, at a press briefing. "The public's ability to understand and make informed decisions about their health is a frequently ignored problem that …