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You have the option of downloading the data used in the search and compare tools onto your computer. This option is primarily used by health policy researchers and the media. You should not download the databases if you are simply trying to find out what is available in your area. You can do this by using the Search Tools as they are on the website.

Please note that the downloadable databases are available as zipped Microsoft Access databases and also in CSV (comma separated values) format for some databases. In order to use the downloadable databases, you must have a working knowledge of Microsoft Access.

If you wish to download this data, please realize that downloading may take some time (10-30 minutes, depending on the speed of your computer's modem). These databases are updated on a monthly basis (and sometimes more frequently).

Hardware and Software Requirements

To use this download file, you need at least the following:

  • A 486 or Pentium processor is recommended.

  • Hard drive with 20 megabytes of free disk space.

  • 8 megabytes of RAM (random-access memory). 16 megabytes is recommended.

  • Windows 98

  • PKUNZIP or WinZip. This file is a PKZIP compressed file.

A note about Accessing the Compare Tool Data.

Page Last Updated: August 23, 2012