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I was just released from the hospital. Do I need to make an appointment to see my regular doctor?

Q: I was just released from the hospital. Do I need to make an appointment to see my regular doctor?

A: Approximately one in five Medicare beneficiaries in the United States is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge; up to 76 percent of these readmissions may be preventable. A common reason for readmissions is the absence of timely follow-up appointments with primary care providers to assist patients with new diagnoses, medications, and treatments. It is a good idea to follow-up with your regular doctor after a hospital stay.

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