Online Review Resources

Does your first step of finding the best care for yourself and determining which hospital is good, start with reading online reviews?

Nowadays choosing the best hospital is not a daunting task, especially if you have moved to new communities.  Countless studies have shown that although word of mouth is a strong influence in getting consumers to make a decision, it has a stronger effect on consumers in an online setting.

How to make better-informed health care choices?

Asking for recommendations from co-workers, neighbours, and friends is a good way to start; but the call for accountability in health care quality has fuelled the development of consumer-oriented websites that provide hospital ratings.

It is important to consider quality, because research shows that some hospitals simply do a better job than others. Online rating and reviewing is a gateway to reliable consumer health information. However while reviewing and rating, consumers should report on multiple aspects of health care quality, including those reflecting structural aspects of care, processes, and outcomes.

With the expectation that market forces will drive down prices and improve quality, you should always look for a hospital that:

Is rated highly by consumer or other groups.

Is one where your doctor has privileges, if that is important to you.

Is covered by your health plan.

Has experience with your condition.

Has had success with your condition.

Checks and works to improve its own quality of care.

Another crucial aspect while choosing a right hospital includes always checking the terms of your insurance coverage to find out whether the plan will cover visits to the physician you are considering. If he or she does not participate in your health plan, how much will you pay out-of-pocket for visits to this provider? Does the health plan require a referral from a primary care physician before you can see a specialist?

Want to know where to get help in case you or your family has an emergency?

Public reporting on hospital quality seems to have gained a permanent foothold. DRIVEN BY A DESIRE to increase the transparency and accountability of the healthcare system HealthSoul is a virtual home where users share and review their healthcare experiences. A home they can trust to find the best healing touch advice.