Online hospital ratings: Are they helpful?
A better understanding of these rating systems can help you know how and when to use them.
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Many people make it a habit to check online reviews before purchasing products and services. But not everyone realizes that you can also find online ratings of many hospitals throughout the United States.
Granted, choosing your hospital isn't always an option (in the event of a heart attack, for example). Location and insurance issues may also come into play. But if heart disease is a concern, do you know how your local hospital's cardiac care stacks up? What if you need a non-emergency procedure? Where's the best place to go?