U.S. News Health - Best Hospitals provides annual top 50 rankings of hospitals and children's hospitals, including by speciality and procedure. The site may not be useful for most patients but is recommended for complicated patients or those with complex problems that are willing and able to travel.
Healthgrades helps users find hospitals and doctors by location, name, specialty, condition, or procedure. Visitors will be able to easily access basic information about each doctor and hospital listed, though the listings are limited. The site does allow patients to review doctors and hospitals based on personal experience, though there is a large subjective component to this feature.
Quality Check helps consumers compare hospitals and other healthcare facilities that have received a gold seal of approval from the Joint Commission. These rigorous evaluations of care quality will benefit readers who seek hard data to inform their choice of medical provider rather than consumer reviews.
Consumer Reports devotes this section of its site to rating hospital quality and safety. Criteria used to determine quality include infection risk, C-section rate, heart surgery outcomes, patient experience, and more. Visitors can browse hospital ratings by state or ZIP code.
The doctor-finder tool, provided by U.S. News & World Report, allows visitors to search for doctors by ZIP code, specialty, or name. Information provided for each physician includes education, contact information, certifications, speciality, awards, and more. This tool is recommended as a good starting point for patients who want to locate doctors in their area.
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps users find low cost medications, patient assistance programs, and low-cost health clinics. Other resources include service animals, diabetes supplies, health insurance marketplaces, and patient advocacy. It is recommended as a great start for locating low cost medications and other cost-saving programs.
Medicare.gov's recommended "Physician Compare" tool allows users to search for doctors by ZIP code, medical condition, or physician specialty. Relevant search results can be compared by distance, education, group affiliation, and more.
Medicare.gov's Hospital Compare section is a highly recommended resource that allows users to compare hospitals in a given region. The site lists hospitals by ZIP code and publishes information on how each one performs against Medicare's quality and safety standards.
CVS - Minute Clinic is recommended for people considering CVS urgent care clinics for medical treatment. The site identifies urgent care clinics located within CVS pharmacies across the nation. Condition-specific information on services covered allow users to know exactly what to expect before and during a visit. There is also a limited amount of general health information available.
FindUrgentCare provides urgent care locations by ZIP code. This website is not recommended for readers since it has a very limited listing of urgent care centers. There are numerous other websites with a similar but more inclusive scope that users should consult instead.