RAPIDCARE MEDICAL BILLING MANUAL
Health Care in U.S.
Medical care in the United States is generally very high quality. Thegovernment closely monitors medically oriented businesses and institutions.Hospitals, clinics, medical schools, and pharmaceutical companies mustcomply with government standards. Doctors, nurses and other medicalpersonnel must be licensed, and becoming a medical specialist frequentlyentails fifteen years or more of rigorous schoolingand training. The high level of technologyavailable in the U.S. contributes to quality care,and the average hospital contains millions of dollars worth of state-of-the-art equipment.Medical and health care is big business. Hospitalsand medical schools also spend substantialamounts on research, knowing that newtechniques and discoveries will bring them prestige, patients, and money,while benefiting many people. The result for consumers is ever improvingquality and effectiveness of medical care, but at the same time expensivecare.When seeking any kind of medical assistance in the United States, there arefew free services, and most care is expensive. Unlike other countries, there islittle government sponsored health care here, except for those over 65 yearsof age (Medicare), or for the poor (Medicaid). The insurance industry is amajor influence in the business of staying well or regaining one's good health.Obtaining some type of health insurance coverage to protect you and yourfamily is very smart, but expect it to be a significant monthly expense.
In an emergency, the first thing to remember is
. This is the telephonenumber to call from anywhere in the United States for immediate, skilledmedical attention. While it is wise to have otherimportant numbers regarding medical assistance (yourpersonal doctor, poison control center, etc.) near yourtelephone,
in a genuine emergency it isimperative to dial 911 first.
In such situations, timeis the most important factor in preventing damage oreven loss of life. The operator handling your "911" callwill immediately dispense the necessary help, both interms of sending an ambulance and in routing your call to a counselor whowill guide you through the situation until the ambulance arrives.