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Inpatient vs. Outpatient — What's the Difference?

Inpatient vs. Outpatient — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Inpatient and Outpatient

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Inpatient

A patient who is admitted to a hospital or clinic for treatment that requires at least one overnight stay.

Outpatient

A patient who attends a hospital for treatment without staying there overnight
An outpatient clinic

Inpatient

Of or relating to inpatients or their care.

Outpatient

A patient whose treatment does not require an overnight stay in a hospital or clinic.

Inpatient

(healthcare) A patient whose treatment needs at least one night's residence in a hospital; a hospitalized patient.
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Outpatient

Of or relating to outpatients or their care.

Inpatient

A patient who receives lodging and food, as well as treatment, in a hospital or an infirmary; - distinguished from outpatient.

Outpatient

(healthcare) A patient who receives treatment at a hospital or clinic but is not admitted overnight; a receiver of ambulatory care.

Inpatient

A patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated

Outpatient

(healthcare) Provided without requiring an overnight stay by the patient.

Outpatient

A patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated

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