Choosing A Hospital: Does It Matter?
When you are faced with needing to go to a hospital, you often have a choice in the matter. But just how do you choose? Are some hospitals better than others? What are the criteria that make one hospital better than the next? What makes one surgeon more trustworthy than another? Is the quality of care really better from one facility to the next?
Sometimes, your insurance company can actually dictate what hospital you’re allowed to go to, and when this occurs, there is often not much choice in the matter on the part of the consumer. Through economic alliances, negotiated reimbursement rates and other criteria, insurance companies may funnel you to particular hospitals for specific reasons or specific conditions and treatments, and if you seek care at a hospital not authorized by your plan, you may have a tough fight ahead of you when it comes to getting your bills covered. That said, if you’re out of town, out of state, or even out of the country, make sure you know the procedure for seeking emergency medical care at out-of-network facilities.
If you have time to do research, there are several key things to look for when examining hospitals: