Out-patient care

This item comprises medical and paramedical services delivered to out-patients. Out-patient (ambulatory) care is provided in the out-patient sector, as opposed to hospital care and the hospital sector. Hospital out-patient departments are usually not part of the out-patient sector. It should be noted that the term ‘out-patient’ used in the OECD System of Health Accounts (SHA) has a wider meaning compared to some national reporting systems where this term is limited to care in out-patient wards of hospitals. In the SHA, all visitors to ambulatory care facilities that are not day cases or over-the-night cases, are considered out-patients.
Synonym: Ambulatory Care, Community Care