Any health care you can get without staying in the hospital is ambulatory care. That includes diagnostic tests, treatments, or rehab visits.
You may get outpatient care in:
- Doctor’s office
- Ambulatory surgery center
- Emergency room
- Outpatient hospital department
These are some, but not all, types of outpatient care:
- Blood tests
- CT scan
- Minor surgical procedures
- Radiation treatments
- Ultrasound imaging
Ambulatory care is one of the essential health benefits. Those are the benefits all health plans must cover to be sold in a state Marketplace, which is also called an Exchange.