German hospital rankings questioned

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:177
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. Heidelberg

    The first nationwide hospital ranking in Germany has provoked controversial discussions about the importance and reliability of league tables in health care.

    The statutory health insurance company Techniker Krankenkasse, with 6.1 million members, has published the results of a telephone survey of more than 100 000 patients on their recent stay in a hospital.

    The patients were asked how satisfied they were with the results of treatment, the medical and nursing care, and the accommodation provided by the hospital. The survey was also covered in Germany's main tabloid newspaper, Bild, as a list of …

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