Hospital Admissions (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
Many services are available at hospitals but some may be limited by your doctor and your medical condition.
Medications: Although the nurse gives you your medications, your doctor writes the orders for them, including the following:
Television: Some hospitals provide television for free, but many charge for this service. Make sure you understand if you are being charged and if your insurance covers this charge.
Telephone: You may or may not be charged for local calls. Check before you call. Long distance charges will, of course, be added to your bill.
Internet: Some hospitals provide free wireless internet services; most require an ID and password that can be obtained from the nurses.
Billing: Before you leave the hospital, you can check with the hospital administration about your bill. Some hospitals offer payment plans and some you can negotiate the final amount owed. If you are a self-pay (no insurance) patient, negotiation of the bill amount is something you should attempt.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015
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