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I am a physician who sees the impact that limited literacy has on patients, families, and communities on a daily basis. With 43% of US adults testing at the basic or below basic reading level on the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, one would think that the healthcare sector would be moving quickly to try to address a low "health literacy" epidemic that is estimated to add $73 billion in excess health care spending. While there is a growing movement to educate healthcare personnel about this issue, low "health literacy" remains a truly hidden epidemic in the healthcare sector. With renewed interest in reforming healthcare, we need to look to improving the literacy skills of the population, beginning in Kindergarten.
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