August 5, 2020

It's true, we have a health literacy problem in America

Suddenly there's a lot of chatter about how Americans aren't very well equipped to cope with the pandemic because we're so health illiterate. 

Far be it from me to argue that we don't have a health literacy problem in this country, because we do. But let's say a person were to have all the skills and tools needed to access needed health care decision making information. Which "expert" should that health literate consumer rely on? The one who says a mask is the only thing that lies between you and certain doom? Or the one who says it should be business as usual in America? 

Do we have a health literacy problem in America? Absolutely. Is that why health care consumers don't know what the hell to do right now? Absolutely not.