Financial hardships are not usually considered from the patient’s perspective while delivering care. One single question to keep in mind while at the hospital is to ask if you are officially under observation or if you’re being admitted as an inpatient. Being admitted as an inpatient usually costs much less.
Well, the difference between inpatient admission and under observation status is huge in terms of the finances. It’s not any different in terms of what you see as a patient, and that’s why you’re so at-risk because you’ll be moved to a hospital bed. You’ll see the same doctor. You’ll get the same tests. But technically, you’re not admitted to the hospital.