Learn about Outpatient Services
Outpatient services provide specialized therapies to individuals of all ages. The goal is to help people receive the treatments and procedures they need without the expense and trauma of a hospital stay.
What are outpatient services?
There are many types of outpatient services, addressing a wide range of needs. Some hospitals maintain community "satellites" in an attempt to make health care more accessible and convenient.
- Rehabilitation centers offer many different services, including physical, speech, and occupational therapies. Many attendees have disabilities or ongoing medical problems, while others are recovering from an accident or a medical incident such as a stroke.
- Renal dialysis centers are facilities where people with kidney disease or those awaiting a kidney transplant receive assistance from equipment which performs the necessary kidney functions.
- Outpatient eye centers specialize in cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, and laser surgery.
- Radiology centers specialize in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology services like mammography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT).
How do I choose an outpatient center?
Whatever outpatient services you need, make sure that the outpatient facility is licensed and staffed with board-certified specialists. Choose a facility that provides the treatments you need in an environment that makes you feel comfortable.
How do I pay for outpatient services?
Outpatient services are often covered by an individual's health insurance or through Medicare, if the person is eligible. Find out whether your policy requires preauthorization or a referral. If so, contact your insurance company and find out what you need to do to obtain one. If you do not have medical insurance and/or you are concerned about paying for your procedure or treatment, ask for an estimate in advance and request a payment plan.