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Yelp - Read User Reviews of a Doctor Near You

Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what’s great and not so great in your city. Check and see if anyone has written a review of your doctor before you book an appointment. Not as many reviews of doctors as of restaurants, but Yelp's user review database gets larger every day, so we've included them on this list.

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Quality Check - Joint Commission Accreditation/Certification

When a health care organization voluntarily seeks accreditation or certification, it demonstrates a strong commitment to giving safe, high quality health care and to continually work to improve that care. Joint Commission accreditation/certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality and safety that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

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Hospital Compare

This tool on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website provides information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures. The information is obtained from patient surveys.

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American Nurses Credentialing Center

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has an online directory that identifies those hospitals and health care organizations that are part of the Magnet Recognition Program which identifies centers of nursing excellence. This recognition is considered the gold standard. Many hospitals don’t measure up. Does yours?

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Are You Paying Too Much for Your Medical Procedure?

HealthGrades Medical Cost Reports help you get the most value for your healthcare procedure. Report includes detailed cost estimates including the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, easy-to understand description of your procedure and medical terms you need to know. Cost of reports is less than $10.

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DocInfo – Physician Profile and Disciplinary History Report Service

Responding to increased demand for public access to detailed physician information, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) provides users with professional information on physicians and physician assistants licensed in the U.S. DocInfo includes information on disciplinary sanctions, education, medical specialty, licensure history and locations.

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How Does Your Doctor Rate?

Give your doctor a checkup. RateMDs.com allows patients to rate and read about their doctors and dentists. Growing fast, the site averages over 600 new ratings per day.

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HealthGrades - Research Hospitals, Doctors and Nursing Homes

HealthGrades is a leading healthcare ratings organization which provides ratings and profiles of hospitals, nursing homes and physicians to consumers, corporations, health plans and hospitals. Millions of consumers and hundreds of the nation's largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades' independent ratings to make healthcare decisions based on the quality of care. Searching costs $9.95 for the first search and $2.95 for each additional search.

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Physician Credentials: How Can I Check Them?

This article by Stephen Barrett, M.D. of the popular QuackWatch websites, offers detailed information on how to check your doctor's training and experience.

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Having Surgery? Be Sure to Ask These Questions First.

“Having Surgery? What You Need to Know” is for patients who are facing surgery that is not an emergency. Some of the questions in this booklet may help you and your family understand more about your surgery, whether it has to be done right away or can be done later. This booklet was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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