What It Means to be “Under Observation” at the Hospital
You, or a family member, find yourself in the emergency room of your local hospital. After seeing a doctor and being run through a series of tests, you are told you are being put under observation.
What does that really mean for a patient?
As this article points out, it often means higher medical bills. While some hospitals have a specific observation unit designed to carefully monitor patients, others do not. Observation is merely a billing code meant to move a patient out of the emergency room while avoiding admittance if it is unnecessary. The article details the effect this could have on a person’s medical bills – often costing the patient more money.
PS – Check out Dr. Kessler’s book “We All Die Once” – he discusses in depth the issues that drive up the cost of healthcare, even for those patients who have top of the line insurance!
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