You can research doctors and hospitals almost as easily as you can check contractors, lawyers and retailers.
Your state's department of health provides online resources for searching a doctor's education, hospital privileges and disciplinary history. State health departments also typically provide links to researching hospitals and nursing homes which operate in the state. Google your state's name with the words "health department" to find your state's site.
The federal General Services Administration recommends these sites for further research or statistics on medical facilities:
* The Agency for Health Care Research & Quality. GSA said this is a free online query system for national, regional and state health statistics.
* USA.gov. Ratings/reviews of health facilities in your area as well as by age group.