How Can I Make Sure I Get High Quality Care?
It may surprise you to learn that not all health care is high quality care. In Minnesota and across America, there are gaps between the health care people should receive and they care they actually receive. High quality health care is getting the right care at the right time. It is care that does not harm you, is based on medical research, and is appropriate for your condition or illness. When high quality care is received, patients who are sick get better and patients who are healthy stay healthy.
To help Minnesotans access high quality care, HealthScores makes information available about the care provided in clinics (doctor's offices), medical groups and hospitals. At HealthScores, you can see how successful health care providers' patients throughout the state are in achieving health care best practices – care that is proven to work.
When you receive high quality health care, it can make a big difference in your well-being. For example, in 2010, 10,000 Minnesotans with diabetes will achieve the five key health care goals for high quality diabetes care. This may lead to significantly fewer new cases of diabetes-related complications like amputations, stroke and heart attack compared to five years ago.
HealthScores is a resource you can use to learn more about the quality of health care in your community. You can also use our website to learn more about what type of care you should expect to receive, so that you can discuss it with your provider. If you don't already have a place where you get your health care or you are looking for information about the hospitals in your community, HealthScores can help. HealthScores is produced by MN Community Measurement, a non-profit community organization.