Understanding | Quality Care
We encourage our patients to actively participate in their health care decision making by:
- Ask questions about the risks and benefits of health care recommendations
- Bring someone with you to the hospital or to doctor office visits
- Always know why and how you are supposed to take your medications. Keep a list of all your medications in your wallet. Make sure your list includes the name of the medication, the dose your are taking and how often you take it. Make sure you keep your list updated.
- Be sure you understand the plan of action for your care – if you are not sure, ask questions until the provider explains it to you so that you can understand
- Repeat back to the healthcare provider what it is you think they have told you
- Make sure you get prescribed laboratory tests done before your next doctor’s appointment
- Determine who is in charge of your care – you need one lead provider (doctor) responsible for directing your healthcare
- Make sure you receive a written copy of all instructions before you leave the doctor’s office or hospital
- Tell the doctor if you have stopped any medication or treatment plans previously prescribed for you
Across the country, organizations provide information about the quality of care at hospitals to help patients make more informed decisions. Medicare.gov | Hospital Compare has information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country.
Patients surveyed gave Wickenburg Community Hospital a 4 out of 5-star rating. Star ratings enable consumers to more quickly and easily assess the patient experience of care information that is provided on the Hospital Compare website.
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