To choose their hospital is very important for patients with elective surgery and they do so. Usually there is enough time to obtain information before admission. The three main criteria are own experience with a hospital, short distance from their homes, and the hospital's expertise. The main sources of information are relatives, contact with the hospital's outpatient departments, and patient's ambulatory health care provider. Written information is only used as supplementary information. The compulsory quality reports are not known and, hence, are not used.