Paul A. Cook, MD
In today’s healthcare environment, we all need to think ahead, not just about the cost of care and the quality of care (or lack thereof), but who is directing our care once we enter the hospital.
Who do you want to be your advocate? You or your family, or someone who works for or in the hospital?
I suspect that we all want to direct our care or have a family member present to direct our care. In hospitals today, the person directing your care and/or providing your care are most likely accountable to or employed by the hospital. In these environments, you and your family fall a far second to the political or contractual obligations of hospital employees or hospital based physicians. This means that healthcare providers staffing the hospital are often contracted or employed by the system and are required to steer your care to other system employed providers. This steering forces you or your family into a system of employed physicians which may or may not be competent and best at caring for your condition.
Instead of letting the healthcare system steer your care without your input, you have some choices and decision to contemplate.
If you are transported by EMS, ask EMS who and where are the best physicians for your problem.
If your problem is not emergent, package yourself up and travel home to your physicians in Columbus, OH. Do not let a physician out of town convince you to have a procedure that is not an emergency.
We’re the only group of specially trained hand surgeons in Central Ohio who provide on-call emergency care, 365 days a year.
Our on-site surgery and therapy centers allow us to provide patients with comprehensive, advanced treatment in one convenient location.
While we strive to keep your primary care physician informed of the care you receive, we are happy to see you without a referral.