Hospital ratings have been issued before by the government’s Department of Health and Human Services.  However, these having been based on objective factors such as mortality rates.  This is the first time patients were asked for their opinions.  

In today’s NY Times:

Study Finds Many Patients Dissatisfied With Hospitals

By ROBERT PEAR, Published: March 29, 2008

WASHINGTON — Many hospital patients are dissatisfied with some aspects of their care and might not recommend their hospitals to friends and relatives, the federal