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Financial Health: Hospital admissions

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A fair number of readers have spent time in a hospital. I suspect that if you have had this experience, you always thought that you actually had been “admitted” to the hospital.

Such an experience happened to an 84 year-old lady in Rhode Island who spent five days in a hospital bed with a fractured spine. She wore the standard ID bracelet and received systematic nursing care during her stay, but it was only after she was discharged that she became aware that she had never been formally “admitted.” Instead, during her five day stay the institution had classified her as an out-patient “under observation.”


She and her family became aware of this when she was discharged and transferred to a rehabilitation facility.

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