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Hill-Burton Act: Free or Low Cost Care

How Can I Maximize My Use Of Hill-Burton Facilities?

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Look only for facilities that provide the care you need. Also be sure the facility has doctors on staff with other specialties in case there are complications.

If you need a doctor's care, look for Hill-Burton facilities that employ doctors. Hill-Burton will not pay a private doctor's charges, but will pay for a doctor's services which are provided by the facility. One way to do this is to look for hospitals which teach young doctors (Teaching Hospitals) when you go through the list of Hill-Burton facilities in your area. By using a teaching hospital, you will likely be treated by physicians who are also teachers or under the direction of teachers who are likely to be providing the most current and some of the best treatment available.

If the doctor you want to see teaches at a Hill-Burton facility in addition to his or her private practice, ask the doctor if you can see him or her at the facility under Hill-Burton.

If you need a procedure or treatment on an elective rather than an emergency basis toward the end of a year when a Hill-Burton facility has used up it's financial allotment, speak with Patient Representative about setting an appointment for having it done early in the following year.

If you have a choice of Hill-Burton facilities, look at How To Choose A Hospital.

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