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    There are hospitals that aren't able to cover all tests patients may need, they would refer patients to designated centers to perform a particular test and come back with he result to the doctor. My point, how safe it is for a hospital to allow another entity outside it's regulation to perform medical tests on a patient they are managing or treating. Will they trust results from outside to be perfect as the ones they'd conduct if they had that unit.

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    Most hospitals I know don't do that, they have complete services that even include blood analyzes and vaccination. Sure, some private hospitals might not have it all, and therefore pass on those tasks to other entities, but that is safe enough for me.

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    I would really think that this would warrant a good look at what exactly is being outsourced here and at what levels. I cannot imagine a lot of the smaller things being that way, although if you are going into a doctor than chances are it is significant.

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    Yes, there are many hospitals that refer patients to outside clinics to do various tests. I think it is not safe to trust on these reports. But good hospitals always have inbuilt facility to do almost all tests. There are some trusted names in clinical tests where we can do tests. In our country there is a group called DDRC and they are well-known in this field.

    Even hospitals are becoming business centers nowadays and patients are being treated as subjects to make money. Doctors are operating as sales men of big medicine brands. So the fact is that we can't trust even hospitals/doctors these days.

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    The most common outsourcing of hospitals here is the laboratory. Since the hospital’s main plantilla is composed of doctors and nurses, some hospitals, especially the small ones, don’t have other specialists particularly medical technologists. Even if the laboratory is required for a medium size hospital, most of those hospitals have only a skeleton force and what they do is to direct the patient to an affiliate laboratory. In July of last y ear, I had a checkup in one hospital and the doctor gave me a referral to a nearby laboratory for the reason that it is cheaper than the laboratory of the hospital. But in truth, their laboratory is not equipped to handle all my laboratory needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandoy View Post
    The most common outsourcing of hospitals here is the laboratory. Since the hospital’s main plantilla is composed of doctors and nurses, some hospitals, especially the small ones, don’t have other specialists particularly medical technologists. Even if the laboratory is required for a medium size hospital, most of those hospitals have only a skeleton force and what they do is to direct the patient to an affiliate laboratory. In July of last y ear, I had a checkup in one hospital and the doctor gave me a referral to a nearby laboratory for the reason that it is cheaper than the laboratory of the hospital. But in truth, their laboratory is not equipped to handle all my laboratory needs.
    Pretty much as you say @Alexandoy. Laboratory services are highly specialized and required special equipment, and it's more profitable for the hospital to outsource that part of their service to a third party, than to invest in equipment and personnel to operate it. At the end of the day, it's just a matter of doing the maths.

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    Treating a patient is a very sensitive situation especially when you don't have all the resources. They may not fully trust the new entity's results but on the other hand they can't stay with the patient. It's a doctor's job to take care of your health and he will have done a thorough background check to ensure he refers you to an appropriate physician. As much as it's a risk, it can't be avoided.

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