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"Health literacy, which is defined as the ability to read, understand, and act on healthcare information, affects patients regardless of medical condition, socioeconomic class, age group, or educational level.
Nearly one-quarter of Americans read at or below a fifth-grade level Yet medical leaflets and other healthcare data are often written at a tenth-grade level. Poor health literacy contributes to a host of healthcare problems, including increased health costs, medication errors, adverse drug events, and noncompliance.
The cost to the healthcare system because of poor health literacy results in approximately $73 billion annually in unnecessary doctor …