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They do not call the Internet the "Information" Highway for nothing. You can now use the Internet to research information on hospitals, doctors, prescriptions, and medical research.

We have all either had to go to a hospital for a medical condition or had a friend or family member treated in a hospital for a medical condition. We hear everyday about someone suing different hospitals for neglect as well as limited medical insurance preventing patients in getting the medical attention that is needed.

You can use the Internet to find out information on hospitals. Most summary information reports are free. You can usually search by different criteria such as hospital characteristics, outpatient services, inpatient data, services provided, financial reports and costs for services. There are some web sites that charge a membership fee for detailed information about a hospital.

We are have our opinions about doctors as well. Some doctors seem to be more interested in booking as many appointments as possible and the insurance a patient has, than the patient's actual health. Many of us have a medical plan that only allows us to see specific doctors and we then have to choose a primary care physician. Many health insurance companies have information have a list of these doctors online. You can use the information you find on the Internet to help you make a better decision about choosing the doctors for yourself and your families.

Many of us have limited prescription plans as well. Your prescription plan may require you to use the generic drug instead of the one your doctor has prescribed. You may want to find out more about side effects and drug interactions as well. You may want to look up the all natural-alternative to the drugs that are prescribed. You can probably even order your prescriptions online if your insurance allows you to do so for those maintenance drugs.

Last but not least, is that technology is also changing the medical research. We now have doctors learning how to do operations by means of virtual operations where the computer simulates operating procedures. There is more and more research available on such medical conditions as cancer, aids, diabetes, herpes, etc. Remember the more you knowledge you possess of a serious condition, the better off you are when you need to ask your doctor the right questions to make an intelligent decision concerning your treatment.

Below again are some links to some web pages that will help you get started in your hospitals, doctors, prescriptions, and medical research.


See ResourceRecommendations. Feel free to add additional resources to these lists, but please follow the guidelines on ResourceRecommendations including ResourceRecommendations#Guidelines_for_Rating_Resources.


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