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By Mount Vernon News
December 13, 2013 10:40 am EST

 

For a variety of reasons, outpatient services comprise a larger slice of hospital services than ever before. Hand-in-hand with that is a trend toward hospital specialization. Mega hospitals like the Cleveland Clinic and OSU Wexner Medical Center can’t be all things to all patients, and facilities like Knox Community Hospital that serve lightly populated areas have to be even more selective. As a result, choosing the right hospital for a given situation is not always simple.

The last thing on your mind when you’re sick, or perhaps dialing 9-1-1, is comparison shopping. So it’s prudent to know your options and consider expectations in advance. Convenience is foremost for some. Availability of specialists, procedures and specific diagnostic technology may limit choice. Insurance is often a consideration. Recommendations from primary care physicians carry a lot of weight. The testimonial of an acquaintance may steer you toward one hospital while a friend’s horror story keeps you away from another. But if you want to make an informed decision based on empirical data, there’s enough available to make your head swim.

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