Retirees, Find Hospitals That Score High

Drill into these five key categories when doing your homework on hospitals.

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Choosing a good hospital shouldn't seem all that difficult. If you are facing surgery or another procedure, you can seek the advice of your doctor, family and friends. But consumers who want to dig deeper -- delving into hospitals' quality, safety and affordability -- can quickly become confused and concerned.

You can consult an ever-growing array of hospital "report cards" that grade facilities based on patient satisfaction, infection rates, surgical outcomes and other factors. But these reports often offer conflicting scores, and a hospital highly rated by one system may fare poorly on another.

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Eleanor Laise
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Laise covers retirement issues ranging from income investing and pension plans to long-term care and estate planning. She joined Kiplinger in 2011 from the Wall Street Journal, where as a staff reporter she covered mutual funds, retirement plans and other personal finance topics. Laise was previously a senior writer at SmartMoney magazine. She started her journalism career at Bloomberg Personal Finance magazine and holds a BA in English from Columbia University.