Nationwide – Health

Dollars for Docs
Search this database from ProPublica of doctors who have received money from drug companies.

FDA Adverse Event Reporting System ($)
Search a database of adverse events that flag safety issues and identify pharmaceuticals or therapeutic biological products (such as blood products), for further epidemiological study. These events may ultimately prompt regulatory responses such as drug labeling changes, letters to health care professionals, or market withdrawals. This database is maintained by Investigative Reporters & Editors.

Health Care: Compare and Estimate
Compare Medicare drug and health plans and estimate the costs of care. This site is maintained by

H-CUPnet (Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project)
HCUPnet is a free, on-line query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization, including for mental health and for children. This database is searchable by state, and is managed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Compare Hospitals by Patient Experiences
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a tool to help consumers or researchers compare hospitals. Search by zip code or city and state, and by “general,” “medical conditions” or “surgical procedures.”

Medical Device Failure Records
The MAUDE (Manufacturer & User Facility Device Experience) dataset includes information about problems that occurred with medical devices, including injuries, deaths and/or product malfunctions. This database is managed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Medicare -Nursing Home Comparison
Obtain data on nursing homes, including health inspections, nursing home staffing and quality measures.

National Obesity Comparison Tool
View obesity rates in your state by county and compare to the national average. Additional information includes percent of population in the county who smokes or does not exercise.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Abstracts are free and some free full texts of articles are available, but for most articles you must pay a fee to view.

State Health Facts
Compare data by state for a range of health care related data, including health status, health coverage and the uninsured, health costs and budgets, minority health and Medicare. Individual state profiles are also available; you can view a single state, compare two states or compare a state to national averages. The Henry Kaiser Family Foundation supports this database.

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