Ambulatory care

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Ambulatory care is any medical care delivered as an outpatient basis. Many medical conditions do not require hospital admission and can be managed without admission to a hospital or hospital stay.

Many medical investigations can be performed on an ambulatory basis, including blood tests, X-rays, endoscopy and even biopsy procedures of superficial organs.


Physician office

Physician offices are the most common site for the delivery of ambulatory care. Physicians of many specialties deliver ambulatory care in on a regular basis.

These physicians include specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, and dermatology. Also, in many cases physicians can be called it is an emergency.

Emergency room

Hospital emergency departments may result in hospital admission, so these would be considered emergency medicine visits rather than ambulatory care. Although, the most visits to hospital emergency departments, do not require hospital admission and therefore that's that can be skipped him.

Many of these visits are not true emergencies and are better seen in an urgent care center.

Urgent health care centers

The Urgent Care Association of America, a.k.a. UCAOA, estimates that over 15,000 urgent care centers deliver urgent care in the united states.

These centers are designed to evaluate and treat conditions that are not dire enough to require treatment in a hospital emergency department, but still require treatment beyond normal physician office hours or before a physician appointment is possible.


Many of the places that will give this treatment or any other type of medical treatment will require some form of insurance or a reliable means of payment.

In many cases, a person may receive either financial assistance by the local government or it may be possible to set up a payment plan.