In all of our medical endeavors, we are faced with some tricky decisions. “Should I get this checked out?”, “How much is this procedure?”, and “Maybe I can wait”, are some of the questions that plague patients everyday. All these questions can feel like someone is beating you in the ring of a boxing match. Some questions that patients want answered never become answered, that’s when patients usually just go with their gut. However, their gut could cost them money, time, peace of mind and health.
When it comes to an imaging center, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible, but we know it may not be the right decision in your effort to heal. That’s why we have provided you with the benefits and downfalls of both a hospital and an outpatient imaging center. We want every patient to feel they have made the best decision possible for themselves and not have to fight twelve rounds in the ring to get answers.
Round 1: Hospital
First up, the hospital. The hospital is the first place anyone goes when there is an emergency or if there is something that doesn’t seem quite right. Some benefits of a hospital is that a hospital is there whenever you need it. It’s obviously open 24 hours and there are always doctors available. As well as this, hospitals sometimes have research facilities so they are always getting better and better when it comes to researching. With that being said, hospitals quality of care is outstanding, they will always have what you need. Nevertheless, some down sides of a hospital are that they are sometimes highly expensive. Depending on what kind of insurance you have, you could be paying up to a third more in costs.
Round 2: Outpatient imaging center
Next up, outpatient imaging centers. These are your local freestanding doctor’s offices that are native to your city and have no ties to the hospital. The benefits of an outpatient imaging center are that it is a more personalized experience. They aren’t as crowded as hospitals can be because the imaging center is just that, an imaging center. There are not people in the outpatient facility that need help other than people who need an imaging center.
Another, benefit is that outpatient facilities usually have a small connected staff. So every time you walk into one, it will most likely be the same people and the same doctor. There is no jumping through hoops and wasting time trying to find the doctor that examined you two weeks ago. As well as this, outpatient facilities can be less expensive, but that depends on where you live, what kind of insurance you have and what kind of procedures you are getting done. The downside to an outpatient imaging center is that you may not have access anytime you want. You will have to make an appointment with the doctor and they do not have 24-hour access like hospitals do.
Round 3: Which one’s right for you?
Now that you have all the information to make an informed decision, you must choose which is right for you: a hospital or an outpatient imaging center. These two options have some similarities and differences, with benefits and downsides that could be different for various people. The choice is ultimately up to you to decide. We wish you the best in whatever location fits your health needs best. And, if you are in need of an outpatient imaging center we hope you pick us!