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First of all, don't panic and look into selling off your first born. Second, check to see if your hospital has a Patient Advocate and contact them immediately if they do.

An Patient Advocate is a “supporter, believer, sponsor, promoter, campaigner, backer, or spokesperson.” An effective advocate is someone who can act on your behalf by working with other members of your healthcare team such as your doctors and nurses. While they are a hospital employee, they are independent of the doctors, nurses and most importantly, the hated billing department.

Patient Advocates sometimes stop by your room to introduce themselves and check on how your hospital stay is going. You can also contact them directly to discuss your concerns, or request that they come by and see you. Patients often ask for Patient Advocate help out of frustration or needing assistance. This may include getting a ride home from the hospital or having a hospital bill explained. It can also include concerns about medical treatment, such as possibly receiving the wrong medication, being discharged too soon or staff not washing their hands properly.

Feel free to speak to your Patient Advocate. They will listen to your concerns, respond to a complaint, explain hospital policies and procedures, assist you in finding community services, provide information on payment coverage or discuss a concern between you and your medical team. The Patient Advocate goal is to resolve your concern during your hospital stay so that you can get well!

I've been on an iced-in soapbox all day today, so let me just say that next to politicians and banks, hospitals are the most corrupt and unethical businesses in the country. They negotiate discounts with insurance companies then demand the uninsured pay a full premium for the same services for which they were just willing to take less. They pad your bill worse than the defense department - Instead of a $120 hammer, you get a $120 cup in which to leave a urine sample. And after verifying your coverage, including the list of doctors who in your network, they'll insert out-of-network doctors into your care and bill you the extra price.

Hospitals are supposed to be places where you can go care to get better, but too often they just leave you in a world of hurt.

Who notes if the hospital has a Patient Advocate department, the may be able to intercede with the billing department to forestall any collection action until the insurance is processed...
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