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Michel Grignon

Associate professor, Departments of Economics and Health, Aging & Society, McMaster University, and Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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Why 'Rate my Hospital' Needs a Second Opinion

There is no doubt that having more information available on hospitals is good thing -- and patients should make healthcare decisions based on good evidence. But patients do not need rankings based on assumptions and standardization that paint only a general portrait. Patients need more refined measurements of how a given hospital performs on a menu of relevant items specific to them. We can't rely on the media to provide this. Perhaps it's time governments -- and hospitals themselves -- stepped forward and worked together with the media to make this happen.
05/10/2013 05:28 EDT