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How to Choose a Hospital

health-14 When it comes to choosing a hospital, many patients rely on their doctor, who will usually steer them to the facility where he or she has privileges or other affiliations. Asking friends and family for recommendations is also a time-honored solution, and a hospital’s reputation in the community is an important indicator of its quality. [...]

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How to Have a Safe Hospital Stay

health-16 Despite advances in medical care, hospital safety continues to be a serious concern for patients. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine reported that an estimated 90,000 patients die from medical errors each year, a number that by some estimates has not changed and may even have increased. The threat of hospital infections is one key [...]

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How to Have a Digital Doctor Visit

health-17 Doctors are increasingly communicating with their patients online. Here are some tips for making the best use of the technology. Generally, the most common digital doctor services are the simplest ones, like paying bills, sending lab results and scheduling appointments, and you will likely find these digital tools convenient once you start using them to [...]

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How to Find a Doctor

health-12 For decades, patients have found doctors by asking neighbors and co-workers, and getting referrals from doctors they already know. Barring that, many simply pick a physician from their health plan who happens to be nearby — and hope for the best. But today, patients have an expanding array of referral resources, fee-based services and free [...]

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How to Have a Safe Trip Home from the Hospital

health-37 Patients are being discharged from the hospital “quicker and sicker” than ever, as insurance companies and Medicare seek to limit costly hospital stays. The number of patients who needed home health care after being discharged grew 53% between 1997 and 2006, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The burdens that fall [...]

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