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To better understand the health care environment and the current issues in health care, please take a minute to browse through this list of sites related to health care and health care administration.

Some general sites to help you search for all kinds of health care information include:

Yahoo (Health Section)
MSN
Google

12 reliable web sites that can serve as good starting points for consumers looking for health information on the Internet:

www.med.umich.edu
Health topics A to Z, a site put together by the University of Michigan Health System, with descriptions of conditions and treatments.

www.clinicaltrials.com
A comprehensive, frequently updated site featuring articles and reprints of recent health and medical studies throughout the world. It also references patient advocacy issues and lists medical research studies in need of volunteers.

www.drkoop.com
A comprehensive site created by Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. surgeon general.

www.healthfinder.gov
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, general health advice and links to other useful health sites.

www.healthgate.com
An online publisher that provides a number of virtual health magazines and health journal information for medical professionals.

http://www.aidshealth.org/thrive/
A top health site praised by computer magazines as user-friendly and easy to navigate.

www.medscape.com
Offers an array of secondary sites organized by medical specialty and access to a large library of medical journals.

www.acsh.org
The American Council on Science and Health, a nonprofit consumer interest organization, provides reports on health and fitness.

www.mayohealth.org
The world-renowned Mayo Clinic offers advice in a number of medical areas.

www.nejm.org
The widely respected New England Journal of Medicine offers selected articles and a guide to other useful sites.

www.onhealth.com
A consumer-oriented site that offers chats with experts and strong coverage of women's health.

Some interesting sites on health care and health care administration include:

American College Of Healthcare Executives
Association of University Programs in Health Administration
National Committee for Quality Assurance
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
Doctorline - The Ultimate Directory

The National Institutes of Health and its different institutes, centers, and divisions have a great deal of current information.  Also of special interest is the National Library of Medicine

Health care organizations that have information on the web include:

Department of Veterans Affairs
HCA
Methodist Healthcare System (San Antonio)
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Warm Springs Rehabilitation System
Other Hospitals on the Web (Hospital Web)

Information on inventory and supply chain management in health care can be found at Cardinal Health, Inc. and the Cardinal Health

Online magazines of interest include:

Modern Healthcare
Healthcare INFORMATICS
Health Management Technology
Hospitals & Health Networks
CIO
InformationWeek
Mobile Computing
Health Leaders

A moderated health care discussion list addressing aspects of Patient Accounts Management is available as a free subscription through DeKaye Consulting.  Topics include operations such as patient registration, insurance verification and bad debt and charity care and issues like organizational management, performance monitoring, and productivity.