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Transition to Transitory Health Care
Chances are you – the person reading this article – were one of the more than 88 million people who sought treatment from outpatient medical facilities in the United States last year. If not you, then perhaps someone you know did this.
As insurance companies continue to dictate how much they pay out for medical expenses, as hospitals seek to make more treatment beds available, and as patients seek to find ways of getting needed medical care or ongoing treatment without the hassle of a long hospital stay, more and more people are turning to outpatient or transitory health care facilities. These facilities are often specialized in a particular area of health, and can include medical schools, pain or rehabilitation clinics, surgery centers, imaging centers, physical therapy centers and medical equipment rental facilities.
Over the last 20 years in particular, the health care industry in many countries has seen a shift from hospital-centric care to outpatient-centric care. But with so many options available, how do you know if outpatient care is right for you? What do you do if you require emergency medical attention while undergoing outpatient care? How do you choose the right transitory medical clinic for you?
How to Find an Outpatient Care Clinic?
1) Ask your doctor: Usually, the journey to outpatient health care begins with a release from hospital or referral from your family physician, along with a list of available clinics to choose from. This is a good place to start your search. Just because your doctor recommends a particular center or clinic, doesn’t mean that’s 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. But overall, the search for the right transitory medical clinic typically starts with your doctor’s recommendation.