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Types of Clinics and Their Services

3/23/2012 5:56:29 PM | by Anonymous


Clinics are facilities often associated with hospitals or medical schools devoted to diagnosis and treatment of outpatients. They are advantageous to hospitals because the former can provide immediate medical attention to patients who are suffering from routine or non-malignant sort of an illness. The services offered by the types of clinics vary so it is best to be familiar with them.

Free clinic is a volunteer based, safety net health care program, usually located in the neighborhood setting, that provides medical care for ambulatory patients at minimal or no cost. Their services include dental, medical, pharmacy and behavioral health services to the economically underprivileged individuals.

General outpatient is a general practice facility run by specialists offering diagnosis, observation, treatment and rehabilitation without an overnight stay. It is easier to operate and less expensive to build compared to a hospital. There is no need for multiple shifts of staff since the building is commonly closed at nights and on weekends.

Convenient care clinics are often found in drug stores and supermarkets. They are staffed by nurse practitioners who are equipped to treat common type of illness such as bronchitis, urinary tract infections, vaccinations, upper respiratory infections, pharyngitis, sinusitis, blood pressure checks and physical exam. This type tends to cost less than general outpatient clinic.

Specialty clinic offers comprehensive type of treatment for specific ailments. Some of the specific services that this clinic offers are dermatology, cardiac, orthopedic, pulmonary, genetics and neurology. If no more than two of these diagnosis categories are being serviced, it is considered a specialty hospital.

It is essential to know which type of medical facility suits your medical needs. Hospital can provide all the health care that a patient needs but for less risky cases, going to clinics is more convenient. However, the services of each type of clinics vary so one must know which of them can attend to your non-urgent care concern.

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