Health Information: Taking Control of Your Health Share This:Tweet One of the best ways to ensure that you and your family enjoy good health is to equip yourself with the facts about important health issues. This section contains the health information you need to make informed decisions about participating in clinical trials, choosing the right health care insurance plan and ensuring early detection of health problems with regular medical screening. Clinical Health Care Trials A clinical trial tests the effectiveness of a particular type of treatment, method of diagnosis or medical screening technique on human subjects. Clinical trials are a critical step in both the research and approval processes for any new medical treatment or technique. Although thousands of people participate in clinical trials every year, they represent only a small fraction of potential participants. If more people participated in clinical health care trials, new treatments would be available to the public much sooner. According to a survey conducted in 2000 by the National Cancer Institute, the main reason people gave for not participating in clinical trials was that they didn't have enough information about the trials. Participating in a clinical trial has a number of health care benefits. Participants receive the best possible health care from leading medical experts, and all treatment and medication provided during the trial is completely free of charge. Some trials even offer compensation for your time. Explore this section to learn more about clinical trials going on in your area. Health Care Insurance With the rising costs of medical care, health care insurance has become an important essential. Although premiums may be high, health care insurance protects you against paying costly, out-of-pocket emergency health care costs. By equipping yourself with the proper health information, you can find out how to get health care coverage for yourself and your family and keep your costs down at the same time.