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HealthGrades Guide to America's Hospitals and Doctors: Hospital Quality Ratings, Top Doctors, Expert Guides to Getting the Best Care Paperback – April 25, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1 edition (April 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435104269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435104266
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,326,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Samantha L. Collier is the chief medical officer for HealthGrades. She is a nationally-known expert on physician and hospital quality, patient safety, and healthcare ratings.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By GVK on June 6, 2008
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Yes, they rate the hospitals. But the "Top Doctors" rating is so limited as to be useless. For example, for Arkansas only 21 physicians are listed, and only in orthopedic and spine surgery. California has only 5 pages representing a fraction of 1% of all physicians. Moreover, the book does not explain how it arrived at the criteria of "top". Therefore I consider the title to be misleading. The 2 stars are for the hospital rating, I would give no stars for doctors' ratings. Returning the book. I consider the yearly US News and World Report issue on top medical centers more useful. If you are choosing a doctor, it's still word of mouth. The best mouths would probably be nurses at your nearby hospital.
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Ah, The healthgrades now is trying to sell you a book. I used their web site and had to go through the BBB to get them out of my credit account. So have over 80 others at the Denver BBB. Imagine the multiple thousands who did not get repaid.

If you log on their site and buy an EMPTY report, they then bill your credit card $9.95 per month for perpetuity. They say it is a FREE trial, alas their is no place to cancel free trials at their website.

Bank of America said they coud not stop these debits for me, and if I got a new credit card number the debits would continue.

Alas the BBB helped enough to get them away from my credit card finally.

Watch out for HEALTHGRADES.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave C. Stone on July 3, 2008
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Sorry, HealthGrades. I felt I had wasted my purchase. The book is incomplete - especially regarding the physicians included.. apparently only those who responded to your surveys. Otherwise just publicly available Hospital info.

As a benefits consultant starving for good quality data.. I was not satisfied. Wait for the next edition.
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