By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Most of us think we are informed health consumers, but you might be surprised how much you need to learn. And yet, it is extremely important to know these things.

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Think about it, we know our service policies and check-up on cars, we know a great deal about our electronic equipment, but most of us have no idea about our health care. We tend to let it go because we’re too busy and most of us don’t want to think about getting sick yet alone plan for it, but we should!

Here are a few tips: First, take a look at the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for screening tests at certain ages. This can be found on the Internet or you can get it from your doctor.

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Find out if your last birthday puts you in place for a study or two.

The next step is to go over your medications and non-prescription vitamins and pills with your doctor. Look at your insurance policy and see if it’s tailored for your needs.

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You do not have to take a day off for this. Do it at your leisure. The best time to do it is when you feel well.