Harvard Men's Health Watch

How to be a savvy hospital shopper

To choose the best hospital, men should start by asking for a recommendation from their physicians. Also ask friends, family, and co-workers. Sample multiple types of information, including national hospital rankings and hospital websites. Medicare and other organizations allow you to obtain information on hospital quality of care, although the measurements can be difficult for nonexperts to understand. Teaching hospitals often provide above-average quality of care.
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