The LEARN MORE - HEALTH INSURANCE cost category provides links to learn about problems of the uninsured, how much average insurance premiums cost, HSAs and High Deductible Health Plans, and the difficulty in finding low cost affordable health insurance 1.
Check the federal government's Nursing Home Compare site, and compare the star ratings (and details) for the nursing homes you're interested in. Visit your state's web site to see inspection reports and complaints on nursing homes in your county and county-wide averages. Go to Health Insight for national rankings of nursing homes.
Do the reports consistently suggest this is a nursing home to use, or to avoid?
The Ratings section of Consumer Health provides links to professionally prepared reports showing specific performance for hospitals, surgery centers, nursing homes, health insurance plans, clinics, and in some cases specific physicians - by name.
The physician and surgeon category provides links to get free reports on individual doctors.
Reports may be prepared by government, accrediting bodies, employer-based purchasing coalitions, non-profit professional societies, hospital associations, insurance-related groups, for-profit corporations or other coalitions.
They use different methods and report formats, and are not always easy to read.
But we have tried to find the best of what is out there, and get you to it with as few steps as possible, so you can make informed decisions about your health care.
Keywords: Quality, Ratings, Rankings, Report cards, Scorecards; Patient, Resident, Consumer, Member Satisfaction Hospital quality ratings are prepared by a huge number of different organizations, which makes it difficult for the consumer to learn & compare.
A hospital "good" in one service, may not have a strong ranking in another.
Most important - do not assume anything, and check more than one source. Check the first few national (all states) listings on this page, below. Check a report prepared by someone in your state - it might be more comprehensive and/or current. If you need heart care information, read a cardiac ratings report (subcategory at the top of this page), since this area is more highly developed.
Compare the findings and talk it over with your doctor and, if necessary, community leaders. Is all the information consistent with what the hospital's and clinic's websites say about the doctor?