What Are “Revolving Door” Patients?

What Are "Revolving Door" Patients?As many people focus on the rising costs of health care, “revolving door” patients are being closely watched and analyzed. This term refers to patients who return to treatment centers repeatedly for the same or closely related conditions. This may happen for any of the following reasons:

  • These patients may have been released prematurely due to insurance coverage issues
  • They may be suffering from a chronic, long-term condition but only receive treatment for their acute, or short-term, symptoms
  • Some patients obsess over their medical care, researching their issues online and developing a behavior similar to hypochondria
  • Prescription drug addiction causes some patients to return for additional care for supposedly new issues
  • Some cases health care providers have financial incentives to prescribe medication, meaning they do not necessarily treat the right problem

Significant sector resources pour into studying this phenomenon, as it both increases the overall cost of health care and decreases the quality of care many patients receive.

How to Avoid Becoming a Revolving Door Patient

While the officials, corporations and medical community try to solve this puzzle, patients can take the following actions to avoid becoming a revolving door patient:

  • Make every effort to receive a comprehensive and accurate diagnosis of your condition. Share every medical detail with your doctor; if you feel she is not integrating all aspects of your care into a single plan, then find another doctor
  • With your doctor, explore any and all non-medical treatments that may help improve your general or specific health
  • Be diligent about following your doctor’s orders meticulously, especially as it relates to prescription medications, lifestyle choices, diet, exercise and other wellness issues
  • Take full advantage of all aftercare programs and services

In the case of addiction or other mental health treatment, it may be tempting to undergo the least expensive rehab program as quickly as possible. However, the greater likelihood of avoiding relapse is to undergo comprehensive rehab of the brain and body through a more involved and extensive program. Allowing your caretakers to diagnose your condition, as well as any underlying or co-occurring issues, can make the difference between successful treatment and years of relapse.

What to Do for Revolving Door Patients

If you have rebounded into addiction treatment, mental health issues or any other health issue, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline for professional help. We can help you change the destructive and dangerous patterns right now if you seek our help. The call is free and confidential, so don’t delay.