Community-based doctor offices are just one of the many community settings, such as ambulatory surgery centers, that offers nonemergent care at a significantly lower cost than hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs).

According to an analysis published by the National Institute for Health Care Reform, the average cost for therapeutic exercises and manual therapy at HOPDs were 41% and 64% higher, respectively, than those provided in community-based settings, such as doctor offices.

Because doctor offices do not have the high overhead costs and additional regulatory requirements that hospitals face, they can offer physical therapy services as well as other services at a more affordable price than hospital outpatient departments.

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