What advantages do academic medical institutions offer?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

If the opportunity is available, you may want to consider a facility that is affiliated with academic institutions. Academic institutions have deeper resources than privately owned facilities, and their focus is on recovery of the underlying condition rather then just numbing the pain. On the flip side, academic institutions are large, and not always conveniently located. And they usually charge for parking (that's the main way we stay in business - didn't know that the main revenue source for most academic hospitals is parking revenue, did you?) Still interested in great care - then simply look for an academic facility that put patients first and consider chronic pain as a disease that should be treated or at least managed. And don't hesitate to get a second opinion.

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