The American Society of Plastic Surgeons prepared this briefing paper on vacation-related surgery trips. The Society provides a patient safety checklist. Useful overview and link to international ASPS member surgeons. Updated 2010. This site also has a 2017 report of a study on complications and costs of medical tourism for cosmetic surgery
Arne Bjornberg and Johan Hjertqvist, President of Health Consumer Powerhouse (Brussels) identifies the Netherlands again as the winner in its 2016 Euro Health Consumer Index. Switzerland and Norway took 2nd and 3rd respectively, among 35 European countries. Six categories: Patient rights, accessibility, outcomes, range of services, prevention and pharmaceuticals. Published January 2017
Site by the International Network for Health Policy & Reform. Search for policy reports through 2010 from 20 different countries including US, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Netherlands, N. Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, S. Korea, Switzerland, and UK. Benefit Basket may include insurance. Transferred now to the European Observatory, but was an innovative site
List of about 14,000 hospitals in the world is provided by MediLexicon International (UK). In addition to listings for US, Canadian and United Kingdom hospitals, hospitals and medical clinics in countries such as Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, and the Netherlands are listed. No quality ratings at this site.
List of accredited hospitals, labs, medical transport and healthcare organizations in Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cayman, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico (8), Moldova, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates (UAE)., United Kingdom, Vietnam. No reports, just list.
Netherlands and Germany lead this index, followed by Iceland and France. The UK and Canada ranked 17th and 25rd respectively. Published by Health Consumer Powerhouse (HCP) and the Frontier Centre for Public Policy (based in western Canada) 2010 is the most recent report. However, Canada Health Consumer Index 2011 is also linked here
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List of acupuncturists by state and country - note, many people are listed twice. Besides the US and Puerto Rico, professionals in Canada, Australia, UK (England, United Kingdom), India, and other countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East are included in the directory. Interesting observation: no acupuncturists in China are listed
Typical cost for home health aide in a licensed agency was $21.50 per hour nationwide (median). A private one bedroom Assisted Living facility cost more than $45,000 per year ($3750 per month). Semi-private nursing home median room rate was $235 per day, with Alaska at a whopping $800. All states listed; average adult day care and homemaker rates also shown. Survey by Genworth Financial (CareScout) in May and June 2017; published August 2017
Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) has designated hundreds of hospitals and surgeons, as Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. SRC is a non-profit corporation representing bariatric surgeons that promotes high standards of care in weight loss surgery. List of centers by state; includes US, UK, Canada, Mexico and 16 other countries
Patients may rate anyone called Doctor (such as chiropractors and dentists) in the US and selected countries at this site: RateMDs.com. As of June 2017, very few physicians had more than 30 patient ratings. Most physicians only have one patient rating. Doctors are rated on their staff, their punctuality, helpfulness and knowledge. Unable to sort list by rankings or number of ratings. Consumers may add a comment. Be VERY CAUTIOUS in using these ratings as the results may NOT be valid.
Find out about ART clinics (Assisted Reproductive Technology) in the US and Puerto Rico, in this 576-page report by the CDC in conjunction with Reproductive Medicine societies. Shows success rates by age of woman, and both fresh and frozen embryo transfers. One-page summaries for each of 456 fertility clinics reporting 2012 data. Nationally, about 32% of embryo transfers resulted in singleton live births, with nearly 47% of fresh embryos resulting in live births. Pub. 2014
This tool gives detailed information about Medicare-certified home health agencies. Search by county or zip code and see performance scores related to home care services. Find the graphs to compare agencies on measures related to managing daily activities, pain, teaching patients or their caregivers, getting readmitted to the hospital and more. Five star rating system and actual scores. Patient satisfaction ratings included, with a national average of 78% who would recommend their agency. 2016-2017 data
Federal government gives 1 to 5 stars and compares hospital ratings for heart attack (AMI), heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, hip & knee, preventing surgery infections, timeliness of Emergency (ER) dept., use of medical imaging in 2016 to 2017. Includes death rate comparisons from heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, CABG; and return to hospital (readmission) rates. Click on Timely & Effective Care, or Complications. Shows 2016 volume and patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings from 2016-2017. Some info on colonoscopies and cataracts. Editor's Pick because the government standardized broad ratings for all hospitals, and most ratings are based on more than just Medicare patients. However, it is still complicated. Small volume hospitals will not show data for some measures. Be sure to click on Show Graphs or View More Details. Today's stars may reflect older data than shown at the website. Read the fine print
Compare Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, UK and the United States on key healthcare performance measures, and health determinants smoking and obesity. Table 1 shows relative ranking and actual scores from OECD's international 2012 results. Download the report (27 pages) Learning From the Best: Benchmarking Canada’s Health System, released Nov. 2013 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Compare services and ratings on kidney dialysis facilities in any state or US territory. Quality measures show relative survival among facilities and quality of care provided to Medicare patients at hospital-sponsored centers, nonprofit and for-profit dialysis centers. Resources on kidney failure and end stage renal disease (ESRD) also linked
See this file for 25 procedure payments by Medicare and what they considered the Allowed Amount. This file shows average amounts Medicare paid to Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) facilities for selected outpatient surgery such as spinal injection (example: CPT code 62311 Medicare allowed $377, and paid $297), knee arthroscopy (CPT 29881 $1631 allowed), prostate needle biopsy (CPT code 55700 $670 average allowable cost; $530 average cost paid), simple cataract removal & lens insertion ($1679 allowed; Medicare paid $1339), bunion correction ($1825 allowed), crushing kidney stones ($2330 allowed), large bowel endoscopy ($586 allowed, plus $671 for removal of polyps), and more. Includes physician fees and payment to the ASC. Confusing file unless you know CPT codes and can use Excel files. Actual prices or charges are not shown. This is the best of what's out there nationally, with state average charges. 2012 data published Sept. 2013
Medicare reported its average allowed cost for established patients' physician office visit in 2012: $69 for CPT code 99213, $102 for 99214. For new patients, office visit 99203 was $103, and 99204 was $158 Allowed by Medicare. More allowed costs and Medicare payments are shown, including ear wax removal ($49 allowed) and Annual wellness visit for new Medicare enrollees ($165 allowed, and $165 paid by Medicare). Average payments exclude the amount the patient pays directly for co-pays and deductibles. Consumers are expected to know CPT codes and how to use Excel files. 2012 data published Sept. 2013
Level I, II and III Trauma Centers are listed here, by state (and other international locations), at the American College of Surgeons' website. Trauma Center designation is a voluntary process that hospitals may choose to pursue for Adult and/or Pediatric care. Level I is the highest level of five levels.
The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) makes its VA Medical Center reports available online. Titles include Combined Assessment Program or Community Based Outpatient Clinic Reviews; Audits; or Healthcare Inspections. Listed by date; use filters on right to select location. Topics include quality ratings and patient safety, consumer satisfaction & experience of care, nursing home contracts, screening and/or treatment times, volumes and more. Updated 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a convenient search tool to find medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. Facilities in the US, Philippine Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico