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Patient Choice.

2218743This is a friendly reminder:  When choosing a healthcare professional or establishment, the choice is yours.

People are misled at times or perhaps just not knowledgeable of the fact that the patient has a choice.  If a physician states that you or a loved one cannot go to a particular healthcare facility, whether it be a hospital or rehab center, you CAN.  I am not suggesting to go against medical advice, as your Physician is the expert in his or her field.  However, if you feel as though you have no options or feel forced to make a decision always ask your Doctor why. 

Why is Dr. X refusing to send mom to Hospital A?  Is it because they are not comfortable with quality of care?  Or, is it because Dr. X does not follow at Hospital A and wants to ensure mom gets continuity of care?  Perhaps, it is simply because their counterpart follows at Hospital B and they want to refer mom to Dr. Y.

Also, do not feel as though you will have to drive 1 hour to Hospital A because it is ‘in-network’ with your insurance.  However, should you decide to drive to Hospital A, as opposed to your in-network Hospital B, you will be financially responsible.  Remember that quality of care is EXTREMELY important.  When making decisions regarding your health focus on the quality of care received.  We only have one life to live, so be sure to take care of yourself and your health.

Hope you enjoy the holidays with your loved ones!

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