Healthcare in Los Angeles

How to find a General Practitioner, doctor, physician in Los Angeles

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Exceptional health care is found in Los Angeles because it is the second largest system in the country and has a progressive research community. There are roughly 822 hospitals and clinics in the area with one of the best being the UCLA Medical Center, known worldwide for its extensive and experienced staff and full range of services. Other factors contributing to the Center's top rankings include specialized intensive care units, state-of-the-art in-patient and outpatient operating suites, a Level-1 trauma center, and the latest diagnostic technology. UCLA Medical Center includes UCLA Children's Hospital; the Jules Stein Eye Institute; the Doris Stein Eye Research Center; UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center, and a network of follow-up care facilities.

Doctor, GP

To see a doctor you usually need to make an appointment first which may require you to wait for a week, or sometimes a month. Some doctors are already booked up and will not take new patients, but will refer you to another area doctor. When calling the office, the receptionist will find a date for you and usually ask about your insurance. It is expected that you pay a co-pay for your visit when you see the doctor depending on your insurance plan.

Free clinics can also be found where regular check-ups can be done at a fraction of the regular price. However, these are usually first-come-first-serve so seeing a doctor may take all day.

Update 26/03/2008


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