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The main purpose of ambulatory care is to treat people on an outpatient basis, meaning they do not have to be admitted to  the hospital (ambulatory means “capable of walking”). More and more cases do not require a person to be admitted to the  hospital, which saves the hospital and the individual (or the insurance company) money. For example, medical tests,  physician offices visits, lab and radiology work, out-patient surgical procedures, and rehabilitation therapy are all considered  “ambulatory care.” The increasing number of procedures that are now treated as outpatient (or ambulatory care) may be  changing how we view hospitals because people might start to expect ‘quick fixes’ for health problems that previously 
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Unformatted text preview: required a hospital stay. People might end up damaging their health by attempting to return to normal levels of activity too soon after an outpatient surgery. Also, because financial concerns are prompting some hospitals to provide only ambulatory care, patients might have to travel greater distances for services that require a hospital stay. For people without much money or adequate means of transportation, this could have negative health affects. Hospitals could improve their ambulatory services by making sure that patients fully understand their condition, and have all the necessary information to take care of themselves (including any warning signs that they might need to return for further care or observation)....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course HIS 135 taught by Professor Runyon during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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