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Initial Outpatient Care Facility Considerations

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These are the things you need to keep in mind when you're considering outpatient health care treatment facilities.

What you need to know from your doctor

1) What condition are you being treated for?

2) What kind of treatment has been recommended or suggested?

3) Will this treatment be long-term or short-term?

4) What facilities and specialists are being recommended or suggested and why?

Remember: Just because your doctor recommends a particular center or clinic, it doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the right one for you. Even if you have a very specific medical need and there’s only one clinic in the area that specializes in that kind of treatment, you – the patient – have the right to choose where you are treated and who treats you. You are under no obligation to have care provided in that facility by whoever is available. Ultimately, it is your choice.

What you need to know from family and friends

1) What facility did you use for your treatment?

2) Who treated you?

3) Were there any complications associated with your treatment and how were those complications managed?

4) How long did your treatment last?

5a) What was your first impression of the facility?

5b) What was your first impression of the staff? Did they make you feel comfortable? Did you feel pressured at any point?

5c) Did your first impressions hold after you entered treatment?

6) What research did you do before choosing the facility and/or doctor?

Information from other Sources

1) Find out if there are any online or in-person information forums or support groups for your particular medical condition either through EmpowHER or another site or society. Get involved and participate in the discussion. List forums and contact information below. Ask those members about their experiences.

2a) Health agency's rating:

2b) State or local government agency’s rating:

2c) Your state’s board of medicine rating (note any action or pending action involving the physician or facility):

2d) Does your insurance company have information on the facility or doctor?

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EmpowHER Guest

I think making sure you are comfortable with you care takers will really make the difference when it comes to overall health. If you feel comfortable on your initial visit, and think that you will have a good time there in the future, it's probably a good fit. I think if you go with your gut, it's hard to go wrong.

March 30, 2016 - 2:49pm
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