Better Care at Lower Costs
Do I Need to Be Hospitalized?
If you need inpatient care, get in and out of the hospital as quickly as possible. This will reduce costs and your risk of hospital-acquired infections. For more information, see Reference Navigating Your Hospital Stay. To avoid extra days in the hospital, you may be able to bring in extra help at home. Ask about home nursing services to help while you recover.
If you have a terminal illness, hospitalization may not be your only choice. Many people choose to spend their remaining time at home with the people they know and love. Special arrangements can be made through Reference hospice care Opens New Window programs in most communities. For more information, see the topic Reference Hospice Care.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference September 25, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
- Topic Overview
- Should I See a Doctor About a Health Problem?
- Should I Have a Test to Diagnose My Health Problem?
- Should I Take Medicine to Treat My Health Problem?
- Should I Have Surgery to Treat My Health Problem?
- Do I Need to Go to the Emergency Room?
- Do I Need to Be Hospitalized?
- Should I See a Specialist About My Health Problem?
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