Outpatient services are medical procedures, surgeries, therapies, classes, or tests
that are done in a qualified medical center without the need for an overnight stay.
In general, outpatient centers focus on services for wellness and prevention, diagnosis,
treatment, and rehabilitation. In these centers, a person may obtain childbirth education,
diabetes education, counseling, imaging tests, lab tests, minor surgery, physical
or occupational therapy, and drug rehabilitation. Government and health agencies rate
and report on outpatient facilities and can help a person find a local, high-quality
outpatient service center.
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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