The cost of food can be a hidden charge during hospital stay.
Hospitals often feature multiple categories on their bills in an attempt to break down patient fees. Some of the hospital expenses can be surprising, especially when patients take a look at the cost. One of the main charges is for the room, which is an expense that varies depending on how private the room is. Doctors and the tests they perform are usually broken down into individual hospital expenses so patients can know how much they are paying for a specific test and how much they are paying for the doctor’s experience. There are also some hidden hospital expenses that few patients think about, such as food and medical supplies.
The room the patient stays in during a hospital visit is one of the basic expenses of the hospital.
The room is one of the hospital’s basic rates, and its nightly rate depends on how much privacy the patient gets. For example, a room with multiple beds is often the cheapest room because there is little privacy. A semi-private room is usually a little more expensive as it has two beds separated by a curtain. A private room has only one bed and is usually the most expensive room because the patient has no roommates. Many hospitals offer patients a choice, although the patient’s health insurance usually does not pay for an upgrade; privacy is not considered medically necessary.
Emergency care may be canceled for low-income patients who meet certain criteria.
Although hospitals pay their doctors’ salaries, they end up being reimbursed when patients pay their medical bills because medical fees are often among the most expensive hospital fees. Even if patients cannot distinguish their team of doctors, they are often given a bill with separate charges from each doctor. For example, patients can see radiologist, anesthesiologist, and pathologist costs listed separately. The tests and services that doctors perform are also often listed separately, which means that patients may be charged for x-rays, ultrasounds, and echocardiograms, among others.
Hospitals often also charge patients for tangible items that are used during their stay. For example, medical supplies and medications, including anesthesia, are often listed separately on the bill. Food is another cost that patients must expect because someone has to pay for them to eat at least three times a day. On the other hand, some hospitals charge for cheap or reusable items that patients may not expect to pay for. Some examples of hidden hospital fees include extra bed sheets, blankets and pillows.