How Doctor Visits Will Change
Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 02:10 PM EDT
The countdown is on to the start of a new realm of health care options. On January 1st, 2014, millions of people who were previously uninsured will have access to health care. With all the new changes, will things be different when you go to the doctor's office.
For many Americans, the stress of trying to schedule an appointment to see their doctor may be cause for a checkup all on its own. Add millions more previously uninsured people into the mix, and wait times could change drastically.
At emergency rooms and clinics much of the changes surrounding the Affordable Health Care Act will be examined behind the scenes.
The most notable difference, technology. The days of paper charts will be cured and turned into electronic health records.
Think of it as a central nervous system. The doctor is the brain, technology the spinal cord, and every office acting as sensory nerves, health care systems interconnected. Your information running through a secure data base back to a physician for the best diagnosis wherever you may be.
While wait times may vary, it's the level of care that may receive a booster shot. To avoid added stress, doctors say remember your insurance card, your plan benefits, and what you're financially responsible for.
If you have questions about your plan, doctors recommend calling your doctor's office or clinic and asking to speak with a financial representative.