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Are you in favor of the plan to release data on hospital death rates, and why or why not?

Asked by marinelife (62276points) August 21st, 2008

Medical institutions have long had access to this data, which will begin to be released to the public, available online.

Proponents say consumers can pick better health care institutions.

Opponents (many medical professionals and institutions) say the data is misleading. For example, Cleveland Clinic, named the nation’s best cardiac care institution, has only an average mortality rate, probably because they take more people that are very sick.

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