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CHOOSING A HOSPITAL
Determining which hospital is best for you and your family may require some planning and thought
In defining your needs and expectations concerning hospital care
- about your and your family's expectations for health care
- about your health care plan coverage and options
- about the different kinds of services you will want and use to
maintain health and serve present medical needs and
- about any foreseeable or predictable future medical needs such as
Hospital First? Physician First?
- Take your concern for the choice of a hospital seriously and don't
apologize to yourself - or others - for your insistence in doing so.
The work sheets in this guide are designed to help you focus on the
qualities and services about which you care the most when it comes to a
- Review the lists of important services and quality care needs with
your family. Include their priorities where you can.
- If possible, visit and make your choice when you are healthy. When
you are ill, you are probably more tired than usual and often anxious.
If you know you are going to need a hospital in the near future, try to
visit the one you have selected prior to being admitted. Doing so will
help reduce one of the potential stresses of illness - unfamiliar
Many consumers choose a hospital first and then select an affiliated
physician. Other people may feel more comfortable selecting a
physician first and including his or her input in their hospital
If you make a hospital choice first, to then select a
physician you may want to use the physician referral services offered
by the hospitals you have identified in your search. The four steps
that follow provide
PLEASE CLICK ON ONE OF THE STEPS BELOW.
- guidelines for finding a hospital and a physician and
- work sheets for recording and assessing your options.
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