Finding Health Care
Consumer's Checkbook (In Library Use Only) - http://www.kcls.org/erout/goto.cfm?f=checkbook&d=84
Evaluations and ratings of Puget Sound region businesses and service firms.
GovBenefits.gov - http://www.govbenefits.gov
Government-wide resource for citizen benefit information and eligibility screening. Includes citizen-focused federal benefit programs as well as a number of state benefit programs.
HPQA Provider Credential Search - https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/hpqa1/Application/Credential_Search/profile.asp
From Washington State Department of Health, this is the Health Professions Quality Assurance search engine. Look up the license status of doctors and other health care professionals. Includes restrictions and disciplinary actions, if any. Read the FAQs on this web site for important information about the Provider Credential database.
MEDLINEplus Directories - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/directories.html
Links to directories of healthcare providers, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Note links to AMA, ADA, American Chiropractic Association, American Podiatric Medical Association, American Board of Medical Specialists certification verification service, American Hospital Directory and JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).
Now You Have a Diagnosis: What's Next? - http://www.ahcpr.gov/consumer/diaginfo.htm
A publication created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Kanter Family Foundation to help patients use research and other information to make the best treatment decisions. Describes where to find reliable information about a disease or medical condition. Cautions about using the Internet for health information and provides a link to a Federal Trade Commission article that discusses how to recognize deceptive and misleading information on Web sites.