|In this issue: Office visit, urgent care clinic or emergency room?|
Approximately 82 percent of adults have some sort of contact with a physician throughout a given year. Of those contacts, approximately 1 billion are office visits, 160 million are visits to urgent care clinics and 136 million are trips to the emergency room.
When illness or injury arises, will your patients know what type of facility to go to for treatment and why? When choosing a facility, patients should consider level of care, costs and time. Ensure patients know where to go for the appropriate care before they need it by providing them with these simple guidelines:
Finding the right care at the right time not only cuts down on cost for both hospitals and patients, it can help patients get the proper care, faster. Communicating these simple guidelines to patients can help. Imprint first-aid kits, bookmarks and mouse pads with these guiding principles and distribute them in clinics, waiting areas and the like. You may also want to imprint facility hours and locations on magnets and grocery lists for easy access to these important details.
When illness or injury calls, make sure your patients can get the care they need. They’re sure to appreciate knowing what type of facility best treats their medical concern.
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