How Good (or Bad) is Your Hospital? A Tool to Find Out


Information about your hospital is now available through a new tool
created by a joint venture of several government organizations.  The
information on this website comes from hospitals that have agreed to
submit quality information for the public to view.

The website is listed at the end of this post.  To better understand
the benefits of this website, please read the entire post before going to the website.

Through this website you will find information on how well hospitals care
for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and
results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received
during a recent hospital stay. This information will help you compare the
quality of care hospitals provide.

The website shows recommended treatments for some of the most common
conditions that hospitals treat. Research has shown that these treatments
provide the best results for most patients with those conditions and are
an important part of the patients’ overall care. Hospitals should try to
give all of their patients the recommended care when it is appropriate.
The goal for each measure is 100 percent.

Be sure to examine the section, Survey of Patients’ Hospital Experiences.
Two very revealing questions are asked in this section:

* Percent of patients who gave their hospital a rating of 9 or 10 on a
scale from 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest).
  I checked one hospital that a
relative was recently treated at — the response to this question was 53%!
 The national average is 64%.  This low number was a concern.

* Percent of patients who reported YES, they would definitely recommend
the hospital
. Once again, I checked one hospital that a relative was
recently treated at — the response to this question was 64%.  The
national average is 68%.

The information you will find on this website is intended to help you when
you talk with your physician or hospital.

Before making decisions regarding hospitals, do your homework.  Ask lots
of questions.  This your life and you deserve the best possible care.

The website is called Hospital Compare:

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