At Consumer Reports we've been rating health products and services for over 70 years including treadmills, supplements, HMOs and gyms. More recently we've added Treatment Ratings for hundreds of conditions, Best Buy Drugs and Natural Medicine Ratings.
Health is part of our mission and because the health marketplace is complicated it often serves up differing opinions about what choices are best. To help you make decisions, you need clear information that’s free of advertising, conflicts of interest and other types of bias. With big money behind virtually every aspect of your health care, you need no-nonsense and trustworthy information to help you be a savvy health care consumer and to help you communicate more effectively with your doctor.
That's why we've created the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center. The Health Ratings Center will collaborate with top researchers and world-class experts on topics ranging from hospital safety and quality to maternity care and prevention. With these experts, the Center will analyze and assess data and information, then present it in a visual rating or comparison you can use when making important health care decisions.
The first project for The Health Ratings Center is a web tool based on the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care data on the inpatient care of patients with severe chronic illnesses. As I've written about before, more treatment isn’t always the best option, and this tool allows you to compare how much care you’ll get at hospitals where you live.
These ratings are an essential part of our work here at Consumer Reports that no other organization can give you. We take no advertising and only work with individuals, information sources and organizations that meet our high standards. That’s because our only motive is to help you, our reader, get better care and make the best decisions you can not only for yourself but also for those you care about.
The Health Ratings Center is in its early days and we'd like to hear from you. What would you find helpful? What decisions are you facing? What would you like to see from us? Get in touch and know that you'll be hearing much more from us in the coming months.
—John Santa, MD, MPH, Director, Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center
Read Dr. Santa's response to your questions on the Health Ratings Center.