If you are seeking medical assistance, that is NOT an emergency, you must schedule an appointment with your doctor if you have a PPO coverage, or if you have a HMO coverage, you must be referred by your General Practitioner, who fills out the necessary paperwork to get your first visit at the hospital with your specialist. If you don’t already have a General Practitioner, you can find one in your area by searching websites like http://www.yelp.com or http://www.wellness.com.
Once you have your General Practitioner, you can schedule an appointment with a specialist in whatever area you need, at whatever hospital you choose, depending on their guidelines and such.
If you need to go to the hospital in an emergency, after dialing 911, an ambulance will be sent to your location to transport you to the nearest hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, you will be treated and asked to fill out the proper paperwork so that you or your insurance provider will be billed for the care. Try to keep your medical card in your wallet or purse at ALL times to insure you a thorough and smooth process during your trip. If you are NOT insured, you WILL be treated and then subsequently sent to a county hospital for admission if needed. All patients are billed on a “sliding scale” which depends on your income or lack thereof, and insurance or lack thereof.
For a “non-emergency”, one can either walk in or call ahead to an outpatient facility. There are a number of facilities in the Los Angeles area for one to choose from. For a list and some information on these facilities, you can go to the websites listed above or even search google.com for urgent care and or outpatient facilities in the Los Angeles area.
Hollywood Wilshire Health Center
Los Angeles Mission Community Clinic
311 Winston Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Les Kelley Clinic Family Health Center
1920 Colorado Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404