For the first time, Americans can go on the Internet to find out more about the quality of care at their local hospitals. The data also includes hospital death rates for the most common fatal illnesses, such as heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. In the case of children, the survey also evaluates the medical treatment for asthma. VOA's Melinda Smith says this information measures whether a hospital is performing up to national standards.
|With a little advance notice, patients and their families in the United States can go to a Web site called 'Hospital Compare', run by a U.S. Government agency called the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services |