What Are the Different Types of Medical Services?

Some patients with varicose veins may require outpatient surgery.
Outpatient surgery costs less because patients don't need to stay in the hospital overnight.
Emergency medical technicians are trained health care professionals who ride on board ambulances.
The removal of a wart may be considered an outpatient medical procedure.
An air ambulance may be used to transport patients from remote locations.
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  • Last Modified Date: 28 July 2014
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People need many different types of medical services. Depending on the situation an individual may need emergency medical assistance, hospital care, a consultation with a doctor or a clear record of medical bills. Hospitals, private practices and clinics generally provide these services to patients.

Emergency medical services, often in the form of an ambulance with trained health care technicians, are usually dispatched to help people who need urgent care, such as people who have suffered a stroke or have been in a car crash. Additionally, teams of emergency physicians are usually stationed at hospitals or other medical centers to treat such critically ill or injured patients upon arrival. Depending on the distance between the hospital and the person in need, emergency medical services may require the use of helicopters or boats for transporting sick people. These services are designed to provide immediate medical help to victims, and transport them to doctors as quickly as possible.

The emergency department (ED) of a hospital usually provides urgent treatment to patients with immediate medical needs, like those with serious or life-threatening conditions. People with the most severe injuries or illnesses are most commonly treated first. These patients may require emergency surgery or hospitalization, but in some cases can be released after treatment. Most emergency departments operate day and night because of the critical nature of the services provided.

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Outpatient medical services may take place at a doctor's private office, a clinic or hospital. These usually include a visit, or consultation, with a physician in order to discuss a patient's health. A person can also sometimes undergo minor surgery and be sent home on the same day. Such surgery can include suturing a wound, removing moles and warts, or treating varicose veins. Outpatient surgery is usually less costly than that which requires a hospital stay, and allows patients to recover at home.

If a person is suffering from an injury or illness that prevents him from traveling, a physician may make a home visit, or house call. In a case like this, a doctor typically examines the patient and may administer medication or provide another type of treatment. Nurses or other healthcare professionals may also visit patients at home to monitor symptoms or progress.

Medical transcription is another type of medical service. This process generally involves converting a doctor's voice recordings, or audio patient records, into text format. Medical transcriptionists (MTs), who may be hospital employees or independent contractors, typically listen to recordings and type the information into a computer database. Medical transcripts allow physicians to easily access a patient’s health record and insure proper care.

Medical services often also extend to medical billing, which is the record of a patient’s healthcare expenses for the treatment he or she received. It is the responsibility of a professional medical biller to determine the amount of money needed to reimburse the physician or hospital for services. The methods of payment can vary, and sometimes depend on the type of insurance a patient has, if any.

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adamsmith111
Post 3

Medical transcription services are becoming a part of a doctor's life to transcribe files like .wav, .wma, .pdf and others.

Bhutan
Post 2

Sneakers41- My dentist also does the same thing. He offers a 12 month financing option was no interest for filings and anything over $500.

I also wanted to say that one of the most important medical assistance services available are Medicaid and Medicare.

Medicaid offers financial assistance to families who are in need financially.

Medicare is a form of subsidized health care insurance for the elderly. For example if an elderly patient needed hip replacement surgery and had to have follow up treatment at a rehabilitation center, Medicare would pay 100% of the premium at the rehab facility for the first 20 days.

If the patient needs help beyond the 20 days, then Medicare pays 80% of the premium.

sneakers41
Post 1

Dental offices also provide medical dental services. For example you can receive teeth cleaning , a tooth extraction or even a root canal. You may even have oral surgery at the dentist office as well.

Most medical insurance services cover dental office visits but usually only pays about 50% to 70% of the bill. If a patient is having surgery or more has been extensive dental bill often the dentist offers a special medical service billing program for this patient.

It may be a no interest financing option, or the financing may require interest payments but will extend the life of the loan to several years.

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