When you leave a doctor’s office, the emergency room, or the hospital, it’s important to know that you have the right to choose who will continue to care for you. The doctors may have a network of providers that they are required to work with, but you are not obligated to see the provider that the doctors office, the emergency room or hospital has referred you to. It is your choice to choose between a Hospital Employed Physician vs. an Independently Owned Physician. Another way to think of the difference between the two is Walmart vs. your Family Owned Corner Store. It is important to consider your own preferences and needs when making this decision.
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It is also important to consider insurance coverage when making this decision, as some providers may not be in-network with your insurance plan. If you find a provider that you trust and feel comfortable with, it may be worth discussing coverage options with your insurance company. Since independently owned practices do not have any facility fees, the cost of care is usually cheaper. This becomes more important if you have a high deductible insurance or are paying for the care yourself.
In summary, consider your own preferences and needs, as well as your insurance coverage, when making this decision. Remember, the ultimate goal is to ensure that you receive the best and most appropriate care, whether it’s from within the Hospital Networks or from an Outside Independent Provider. An important factor in choosing a provider is making sure the provider spends time with you, discusses your options and takes the time to answer all of your questions without you feeling rushed.