Do low-cost clinics have a lower standard of care?

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | Medical Malpractice

Dealing with an illness can feel tiresome and stressful. When you cannot afford care, it can feel like your problems are multiplying.

There are free and low-cost clinics throughout South Carolina. Still, you may be concerned about the quality of the care you will receive.

Here’s what you should know about the quality of care you should be able to expect from a doctor in a low-cost clinic.

Limited facilities, not lower standards

One of the challenges for low-cost clinics is providing as many services as possible on a small budget. Typically, clinics reduce their costs by limiting the services they have available.

Although there may be fewer services, you should still expect quality care from each member of your healthcare team. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff can face malpractice claims for providing substandard care, regardless of the type of clinic.

While the staff in these facilities may have a significant caseload and reduced funding, they still have to report to the same licensing boards as healthcare professionals in other settings.

Spotting subpar care

Part of getting the care you need for your illness or injury means knowing when you are getting inadequate care. During your appointment, pay attention to signs of dismissive care, such as:

  • Rushing through the appointment
  • Dismissing symptoms or concerns
  • Talking to family or caregivers instead of you

If you notice a healthcare professional not giving you appropriate care, you should talk to the clinic administrator. It is crucial to get the support you need so that you can get proper treatment for your condition.


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