Before you hire a landscaper to mow your lawn, you probably do some reseach to find out about him: you talk to neighbors, you check our Angie’s List or Yelp! or other such sites. So you do an equally comprehensive search when considering what hospital to use for emergencies or for surgery, right? If you are like most people, the answer is probably “no.” In fact, a recent study shows that many people simply go to the hospital that is the closest to them.
For a long time, it was very difficult to obtain information on a hospitals’ performance. But as a recent New York Times article reports, that may be changing. See the attached article describing a new initiative to report medical errors.