When a senior parent or loved one enters the hospital, the only thing you have on your mind is their care and overall well-being. However, when they leave the hospital, they may face steep bills due to hidden costs that you may not have considered. Here are a few of the hidden costs on a senior parent's final hospital bill.
1. Double Billing
Double billing occurs in a variety of ways. For example, it could occur if a doctor, who isn't your parent's doctor, comes into the room, reads their chart, and then bills your parent. Another way it occurs is when a doctor performs 2 procedures during a single surgery and then bills them as if they were separate surgeries.
Sometimes, a nurse, under the supervision of a doctor, visits your parent and both the nurse and supervising doctor bill for the visit. These are just some examples of double billing, so keep your eyes open for this cost.
Your parent will be billed for every medication they take while staying in the hospital. Many seniors are already taking daily medication, and this protocol continues during their stay. However, hospitals mark up the costs of medication. In some cases, it's as high as 500%.
3. Late Checkout
If you're late picking up your senior parent or loved one, your parent may be charged extra for a late checkout. In some cases, your senior loved one might be billed for an additional night.
4. Facility Use Charges
When a doctor's practice is owned by a hospital, you may get charged a facility fee just being seen by that doctor. Also, if a test is run by another hospital, they charge a facility fee in addition to the night's stay.
Caring Senior Service understands the costs and frustrations of dealing with hospital bills. We recommend that you keep an eye on your parent after they are discharged from the hospital to ensure that they don't have to be readmitted and incur more costs.
Know that support is available. Learn how Caring Senior Service can help you, by providing care for your senior, please contact us.