The use of outpatient medical procedures has expanded rapidly in recent years. Many medical procedures that were once done in hospital settings have moved into clinics and even doctor’s offices, giving patients greater freedom and flexibility and lowering costs for providers and insurance companies.
These days procedures and operations that used to require a lengthy hospital stay can be completed in a matter of hours. In many cases, patients return home quickly, so they can get back to their busy lives. Even so, there is one sticking point in this move toward outpatient medical care – getting to and from the appointment can be tricky, especially if you are restricted from driving.
Peace of Mind
That is where non-emergency medical transportation comes into play. Instead of driving yourself to the outpatient appointment and not being able to drive back, you can rely on non-emergency medical transportation providers to get you there on time and pick you up when you are done.
Using a non-emergency medical transportation service is often the best choice, especially if your friends and family members are as busy as you are. If you have a family member drive you, that person will essentially be on call for the rest of the day, since you have no way of knowing when the procedure will be completed or how quickly you will be free to leave. When you work with a non-emergency medical transportation service, you will have no such worries, and you can rest easy knowing that everything has been taken care of.
Compliance with Driving Restrictions
Even if your outpatient medical procedure does not require general anesthesia, chances are you will be medicated to some degree. Depending on what you are having done and how the procedure goes, the medications you receive may impair your ability to drive safely – or legally.
In some cases, patients may be told they can drive themselves home, only to find out that an unexpected complication or unforeseen medication will make driving dangerous. That is why it is a good idea for all outpatients, no matter what the procedure, to make other arrangements for transportation.
If you are having an outpatient procedure, scheduling non-emergency medical transportation ahead of time will give you peace of mind. More importantly, having the transportation issue covered will eliminate the temptation to drive yourself when the day arrives. So instead of being pulled over by the police and possibly charged with a crime, you can spend your time recovering safely at home.
Even if you have never considered using non-emergency medical transportation before, it may be time to check out these services. You do not have to be elderly, disabled or even sick to benefit from non-emergency medical transport.
Contact Quickride today to find out how we can help you get to your appointment safely and on time. When you book with us, you can be sure that you’re getting a clean and reliable ADA compliant vehicle with trained drivers ready to assist.
Schedule transportation at 907-332-0261
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