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Does my physician or the physician who is performing the procedure practice at that hospital?
Does the hospital offer that procedure or service?
Does the hospital accept my health insurance plan?
Will I have out-of-pocket costs for the hospital stay?
Does the hospital have a discount policy for patients without insurance?
Is the hospital conveniently located?
Is the hospital accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body, such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or the American Osteopathic Association?
Does the hospital participate in the various publicly available quality measures?


Other resources that may help you select a hospital follow. 
Links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not necessarily imply any official endorsement of or responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data or products presented.

A Guide for People with Medicare: Choosing a Hospital
This Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services document helps you find and use information about hospital quality so that you can make an informed decision about your health care.

Joint Commission: Making Better Health Care Choices
The Joint Commission provides Helping You Choose guides in both English and Spanish when you need non-emergency care in a hospital. The guides provide sample questions you should ask to help you choose the best hospital for you or your loved one.

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