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Outpatient Surgery Instructions

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What did you do to prepare for your outpatient surgery? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: jandutch33, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 22

I recently had back surgery at a local hospital. After the procedure and recovery I spent 24 hours in a hospital (total 30 hours). I received an invoice from the hospital for medicine administered during that time. After checking with Medicare, the hospital and the surgeon's office I learned that the doctor had registered me as an out-patient and in that case medicines were not covered by Medicare. I learned that outpatient surgery does not exclude a hospital stay.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care.

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