How to spot the ‘perfect’ health care center
The best health care centers are not all the same.
The key is finding a center that matches your specific needs, says Dr. Jill Belsky, the president and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association.
You can find out which centers meet your needs by visiting www.healthcarecenterchecklist.org.
The site has tips for each center, such as where to shop for medications and equipment, how to access health care, what to expect when visiting, and other tips.
Find the center nearest you.
The health care industry is in a constant state of evolution.
It’s changing as more people seek to use health care.
As health care technology and advances, new approaches and new patients come online, the health care providers in every corner of the country have to adapt.
In the past, centers that served the entire community had a more holistic approach to care, says Linda G. Smith, president and CEO of the Center for the Health-Systems at the University of Maryland.
Today, centers with a specific population are often more focused on specific patients and services.
“What’s happening in health care is that centers are being designed to be highly specialized in their ability to serve specific populations,” Smith says.
For example, some centers will have specialized medical equipment and staff that can care for the most vulnerable patients.
Others may specialize in specific types of care.
“There’s a lot of specialization,” Smith adds.
And the focus is shifting to the most difficult to treat patients, such at the transplant center.
In many cases, the center has fewer patients.
“It’s the patients who are the most complicated,” says Smith.
This is where centers are most likely to make mistakes.
Some have more than one specialist, and sometimes, those specialists may not be able to help you in the right way, says Smith, who is also the president of the National Center for Health Care Administration.
Some are also focused on the most challenging patients and don’t offer as many services as other centers.
“In some cases, it’s more complicated than it should be,” Smith said.
“For example, you might see a specialist who has been in the field for many years and has a high level of knowledge of your illness.
If that specialist is out of the loop, it may be a more complex situation.”
There are many more factors that can influence a health care provider’s approach, Smith says, including how much you pay, how much care you receive, and how well you manage your medical history.
“They are not always going to be the best doctors or the best staff.
But if they are doing it right, and they’re being responsive to your needs and they are providing you the best care possible, you’ll be very satisfied with the experience,” she says.
As a result, Smith recommends choosing the right health care facility.
“One of the best things about health care today is that there are so many choices,” she adds.
“You can go to a hospital that is focused on high-volume patients.
Or you can go somewhere that is focusing on low-volume.”
Find a center near you.
Many health care facilities offer private or group services that are focused on their specific patients.
The average fee is around $150, and many private groups also offer wellness classes.
Other services are available to lower income patients.
To make sure you get the right care at the right time, ask your health care professional to provide you with the information you need to make the right decision.
“The best thing you can do is talk to your health plan about what the right benefits are, what you’re going to get from the health plan, what kind of services you’re eligible for,” says Belskyson.
“Then you can ask for more information and find out what services you may be eligible for.”
Belsko says the best way to find the right facility is to visit one of the many health care websites on the web, or to call the closest hospital or clinic to see what they have to offer.