Besides emergencies, if you are required to be admitted into the hospital for any medical reasons, there are certain issues that you need to consider.
In most cases, you will be recommended by a doctor to admit to the hospital. This can be a requirement for further checkup or a routine check. In some serious conditions, your doctor will issue a letter to have you admitted as soon as possible. This letter is usually general and not prescriptive as to which hospital to check in to unless it is for specialists’ treatment like eye conditions or heart problems.
Most hospitals have standard operation hours for check-in for in-patient and day surgery admissions. This will usually be during the early morning to night. Should you require admitting to the hospital out of these hours, it is usually processed at the Emergency section.
If you are scheduled to have surgery, then you need to allocate time for admission and processing. In most cases, you will first be diagnosed before a surgery is scheduled. You will be informed if the procedure is a major or minor one. For major surgery, you will need to be admitted at least a day before the operation while minor surgeries require you to check in at least 4 to 5 hours before the procedure.
Deposits are usually required upon check in to a private hospital. Depending on the hospital that you are checking in to, the deposit amount varies. If you have medical insurance, you can contact your insurance company which will then take care of your expenses as stipulated in your policy. You need to be very careful with this and make sure that you are choosing the facilities which are covered by the policy because you will need to bear any additional costs. Always check with your insurance agent before confirming the type of rooms and services you will receive.
When staying in the hospital, it would be most ideal if you do not bring with you large amount of cash or jewelry. This is because the hospitals will not be responsible for any loss of personal items. Some hospitals actually provide safe deposit boxes for safekeeping of personal items.
Before admitting to the hospital, you should prepare several items for your daily needs. This includes your own pyjamas, night dresses and personal toiletries. However, some hospitals do supply these items although most patients might not be too comfortable using them.
In order to be discharged from the hospital, you will need your doctor’s certification. When your doctor verifies that you are ready to leave the hospital, the process will usually take about 1 to 2 hours. This will allow the hospital staff to prepare your medical bill and any prescriptions if required. The bill will then be sent to you for settlement. This is where you need to liaise with your insurance company on how the settlement of bills will be carried out.
There is a check-out time at most hospitals which is usually 12pm in the afternoon after which you will be charged as another half-day before 6.00pm and a full day charge after that. As such, it is important that you are fully aware of the time when you are going to leave the hospital to avoid any complications.
In most cases, you will be given an out-patient appointment time to keep track of your recovery process. An appointment card will be issued which must be produced when you visit again.