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FAQ: Hospital Information

Question: Where can I find information about US and international hospitals?

For information on hospitals and health facilities in the United States (US), consult the Web pages of the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) and other organizations. You can also look in print directories at your local library.

The NLM does not recommend or evaluate health care facilities. To find suggestions about how to compare facilities, go to the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC)Web site at http://www.consumeraction.gov/caw_health_choosing_facility.shtml on choosing a Health Care Facility.

Information about US hospitals:

MedlinePlus® is the NLM Web site for consumer health information. Look at these resources.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUPnet) allows you to search for data on hospital use, access, charges, quality and outcomes. The information provided is not for specific hospitals, but gives overall statistics for different types of hospitals at http://hcup.ahrq.gov/HCUPnet.asp

To compare hospitals, use Hospital Compare, at http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov/

Information about international hospitals:

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Last reviewed: 04 May 2009
Last updated: 04 May 2009
First published: 01 January 1998
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