#9 Hospitals Are Not Sanitary
One would think hospitals would be extremely sanitary, but because of the outbreaks of disease, there are many germs hiding out in hospitals. Ask for alcohol wipes or other disinfecting wipes, which you should use on the in-room remote control, bed rails, telephones, tables and other objects in the room.
#8 Surgery is Encouraged
Doctors are encouraged to do as many surgeries as possible. Even hospitals that pay flat salaries still have bonuses for volume. As a result, bosses often encourage docs to operate. That means it’s imperative you always get a second opinion.
#7 For Reimbursement, You Must Be Admitted
Many people are admitted to the hospital overnight without ever being officially “admitted.” If a hospital lists a patient as “under observation,” most insurance companies won’t deem them admitted. Medicare is especially picky, so if you are staying overnight at a hospital, ask your doctor to admit you.
#6 Get Released Sooner
If you are recuperating from a serious health event and concerned about the cost of the hospital stay, inquire about what criteria you must meet before the hospital discharges you. If you can do anything to meet the criteria sooner, like rehab or exercises, it can seriously limit your hospital bill.
#5 Teaching Hospitals Are Better
If the thought of having surgery at a teaching hospital makes you think of medical mistakes made by students on ER or Chicago Med, you’re actually wrong. The truth is that for complex surgeries, patients have better outcomes than other hospitals. Why? Because teaching hospitals stay at the forefront of research and techniques, and there is more supervision.
#4 Hospital Bills Are Error-Prone
If your hospital bill looks high to you, be sure and check it, since hospitals frequently make errors. You could be charged for an extra day of treatments or medications. And hospital administrators are often open to negotiation, they just won’t tell you that.
#3 Surgeons Are Double and Triple Booked
Believe it or not, surgeons often do several highly complex surgeries at a time. Often they are not even present for half of your surgeries. Nurses are concerned about this practice. You have a right to ask your doctor if he or she will be conducting multiple surgeries at once.
#2 Transfers Are Costly
Transfers are extremely costly for patients. If you are being transferred to a larger hospital, ask them to transfer you to the closest one. Otherwise, you may be sent far away or to a hospital that has a relationship with the smaller one. This drives up your costs.
#1 Pharmacy Doesn’t Communicate with Nutritionists
Don’t assume that the food the hospital brings you has been approved by the doctor or pharmacist. In reality, the different departments don’t communicate with each other about what you should or should not be eating. Write down your doctor’s instructions and ask about food so you know what to eat.