Do hospital rankings really matter?
Boston Magazine - 08/04/2016
Gary Young, director of the Northeastern University Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Research, recalls a classic joke at healthcare conferences: A patient in the throes of a heart attack drags himself across the room, sits at a computer, and frantically starts Googling the best cardiology hospitals in the area.
It’s ridiculous—a situation that would never happen. But it begs the question: If hospital rankings won’t help a patient at his or her most vulnerable hour, why do them in the first place?