US News just released it's annual "best hospital's report. The current hospital I'm affiliated with, UCLA, is #3. But, all I've heard since I got here is that all the hospital does is do really expensive medical care, like transplants and ICU care.
So this begs the question, do al these hospitals overall increase health at a reasonable cost?
There are probably great differences in this group. For instance, Mayo is known to try to provide cost effective care.
What I really want is for US News to rank hospitals on the cost effectiveness for their care. If they did, hospitals with a large amount of primary care outreach would be high.
Best health care should be defined as what a hospital system does for the health of their community, not how highly rated their sub-specialties are.
America's Best Hospitals: the 2009–10 Honor Roll - US News and World Report