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.
Emergency Care For You is recommended for information about recognizing and managing medical emergencies. Readers will find a variety of multimedia resources that offer advice about emergency services, how to prepare for emergency situations and disasters, visiting the ER, health and safety tips, and more.
ZocDoc is recommended to help patients book online appointments with medical providers. Users can view a doctor's availability, instantly book appointments online, compare verified user reviews, receive tailored health reminders, and more. The number of doctors registered with ZocDoc is still small, depending on location.
UrgentCareLocations is recommended as a comprehensive collection of more than 11,000 urgent care facilities organized by location. It offers descriptions of those facilities as well as driving directions, contact information, and usually the facility's days/hours of operation. A few facilities have limited user reviews as well.
This section of WebMD serves as a physician directory that can be searched by location or by the doctor's name/specialty. Each doctor's medical school credentials are provided, along with accepted insurances, user ratings, and contact information. This site is recommended as a good starting point for locating doctors.
MedlinePlus - Men's Health collects a variety of resources related to men's health topics. Users will find information on testosterone, depression, osteoporosis, endocrine health, and proper nutrition. This page of MedlinePlus is recommended because its collection of materials consistently refers users to reputable sources. However, there is a lack of depth and breadth in the materials presented, and users will need to seek out other sites to augment what they find here.
BlackDoctor.org is the world's largest online health resource specifically targeted to African Americans. It contains audience-friendly articles on a wide range of health topics published in the media. It is recommended as an introductory resource for general health information presented in the news.
Healthgrades publishes quality ratings on U.S. hospitals based on Medicare inpatient data. Users can search this recommended website by hospital name or location to access information such as patient-experience scores, clinical quality ratings broken down by speciality, condition, or procedure. A listing of specific providers within each hospital is also provided, some with ratings based on patient feedback.