- Step 1. What Are My Needs?
- Step 2. What Type Of Hospital Is Best For Me?
- Step 3. What Hospitals Provide The Services I Need?
- Step 4. What Is The Hospital's Expertise With The Procedure I Need?
- Step 5. What Accreditation Does The Hospital Have?
- Step 6. What is The Hospital's Quality/Safety Record?
- Step 7. Does The Hospital Fit My Financial/Insurance Situation?
- Step 8. Does The Hospital Meet My Practical Needs?
How To Choose A Hospital
All hospitals are not the same.
You may not have a choice about what hospital to enter because of your insurance or because you want to use a particular doctor who in turn decides what hospital to use.
When you do have a choice about hospitals, the key is to choose the one that is best for your current needs rather than just because a hospital is close to your home or looks nice or modern or because a friend had a good experience there.
Consider the following steps, each of which are discussed in detail in the other sections of this article:
Step 1. Determine your needs.
- Do not take a hospital off your list just because it is a public hospital. Public hospitals can be very good choices. Many public hospitals have been recognized as centers of excellence in various areas of medicine. If the hospital is a teaching hospital, it will almost certainly be equipped with better doctors and equipment than even private hospitals. Teaching hospitals are also on top of the latest developments.
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Herbert Spiers, Ph.D. New York, NY