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Outpatient services are medical procedures or tests that can be done in a medical centre without an overnight stay. Many procedures and tests can be done in a few hours. Outpatient services include:
Outpatient services usually cost less because you don't need to stay overnight. Staff members at outpatient centres are well trained in the service they provide. Most of the time, these centres specialize in one kind of treatment or procedure. Often all the care you need can be provided in one place.
Most people can use an outpatient centre instead of a hospital if the needed service is available. But not all medical procedures can or should be done at an outpatient centre.
Try to find out all you can about the outpatient centre before you use it. It's a good idea to visit the centre before you decide.
You can also ask what your doctor thinks, or ask the outpatient centre staff if they have patient surveys or internal quality check reports you can look at.
More and more medical procedures are being offered in qualified outpatient service centres.
Outpatient services are offered in many settings. For instance, medical centres often provide various types of outpatient services, such as pain clinics or rehabilitation centres. Other types of outpatient facilities include:
Many outpatient service centres specialize in a specific area of medicine, such as orthopedics (bones) or cardiology (heart). These centres, like many hospitals, have advanced equipment and highly trained staff.
There are many benefits to outpatient services, depending on the type of medical procedure you need and on what you prefer.
Most outpatient service centres are accredited and approved for the types of treatment offered. But not all centres provide care that is right for you. Be sure to find out whether the provider you're considering is reputable and qualified. The following can help you learn about the quality of outpatient service centres:
It is important to check with your provincial health plan or private health insurance provider to determine what outpatient services are covered. Your particular health plan coverage may limit your choice of services.
Choosing a quality outpatient centre before you have a medical procedure is the best way to make sure that you'll receive excellent care. Friends and family who have used outpatient services may tell you about their personal experiences. Often your doctor will know about the quality of outpatient services in your area. You may want to start your search by talking with your doctor about your options. Next, find out which outpatient services are covered. The following questions may help you find the outpatient service centre that best fits your needs:
You may have more questions based on your own health issues and the type of procedure or test you need. Ask questions, listen to the recommendation of your doctor and those you trust, and visit the facility to get the information you need to make the best decision for your health care.
Current as of: December 28, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal MedicineDonald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Current as of: December 28, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
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