Editors note: This story is part of a new partnership between TheStreet and the personal finance site Bundle.BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- When medical needs arise, are some states better places to be? Are there places where you are out of luck and resigned to less than top-shelf treatment? It was with these questions in mind that TheStreet and Bundle set out to look at how health care services compare state by state. While other assessments and "top 10 lists" zero in on more granular metrics, our survey focused on top-of-mind items for consumers.
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- The Leapfrog Group for Public Safety, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., provides information on individual hospitals, much of it submitted voluntarily. Its data, routinely cited by health care advocates, can be found at leapfroggroup.org.
- The Consumer's Union has been a leader in health care data on quality and safety. Among their resources are ConsumerReportsHealth.org and SafePatientProject.org.
- The government-run Hospital Compare provides information about hospital compliance with recognized standards of care.
- To check on a hospital's accreditation status, visit Qualitycheck.org.
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of Americans. Its research and initiatives can be found at rwjf.org. It also offers a quantitative ranking of health care among counties at countyhealthrankings.org.
- Healthcare Blue Book offers a tool that allows users to compare the cost of specific medical services.
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