Picking a good hospital is one of the most important choices a knowledgeable consumer can make. Yet few of the 35 million people admitted annually to hospitals do much in the way of comparison shopping among local medical centers. Based on a 2008 survey, almost 60 percent of people say they would choose a hospital based on familiarity, compared to 35 percent who would seek out a higher-rated facility. But not all hospitals, doctors, or health care workers deliver high-quality care.
Anne Weiss, senior program officer and team director for the Quality/Equality Team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says the United States has a "very inconsistent, uneven quality of healthcare." However, she adds the good news is that the “inconsistency [in care] is not a mystery.”
By using some readily available resources, patients can make better informed decisions and get engaged in their care to help them reap better health outcomes. Learn more about choosing a high-quality hospital in this U.S. News & World Report article.