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How to be a savvy hospital shopper

Be skeptical and get the big picture from multiple sources.

When you need to find a hospital or medical center to have non-emergency surgery or a diagnostic procedure, you often have a choice—assuming you clear it with your insurance provider. How do you figure out the best place to go?

You can ask your doctor, of course. You can quiz your family members, friends, and co-workers. In addition, hospital rankings—targeted to health care consumers like you—have multiplied in recent years and become more prominent in hospital marketing.

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