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Diagnosis 3 In The of this lodging, if any, is usually low (around $15 a night) and many Ronald McDonald Houses offer a shuttle to the hospital to save you from paying for gas and parking. • Hospital sleeping rooms: Some hospitals have sleeping rooms for parents, but they are often on a first-come, first-serve basis and not ideal for long stays. They may, however, be a good short-term solution for parents who need a place to sleep immediately after their child’s surgery or procedure. Siblings of a child in the hospital usually cannot use the hospital sleeping rooms and will need another place to stay. • Nearby hotels: Sometimes nearby hotels offer discounts to families of children in the hospital. Ask hotels to see if they offer any type of discount for families and if they need any documentation showing that your child is in the hospital. If you have friends or family members with hotel rewards points, consider asking them if they would donate them to you to help you reduce lodging costs. Many people are very willing to share these reward points. Food Until you stay in the hospital for a while, you don’t realize how expensive hospital food can get — especially during long stays. There are some ways to save money on food though. Many hospitals give discounts (usually 10 percent) to parents of children who are in the hospital for treatment. Some hospitals also have hospitality rooms or other areas where there may be food for families. Find out if there are days and times when food is available at your hospital. Ronald McDonald Houses and hospitality houses often prepare dinners for families staying there and put leftovers in the refrigerator for families to eat when they get back from visiting at the hospital. Occasionally, hospitals have funds to help families with food costs while their child is hospitalized. Your hospital social worker will know if there are any programs like that available to you. Breastfeeding moms are eligible for a meal in some hospitals; ask whether this is an option in your hospital (even if you are pumping). Medical Bills and Insurance Benefits Families incur many medical costs when their child is in the hospital. Start talking to your insurance company as soon as possible. (See the Navigating Insurance section of this Guide to learn more.) We know how hard it is to think about insurance while your child is sick and in need of surgery or other procedures, but a call to your insurance company can help save money and reduce stress later. Bills will begin to show up very quickly after your child receives services, sometimes even arriving before you get home from the hospital. Always review these bills carefully. Sometimes, there are mistakes that you can have corrected to reduce your costs. For example, if insurance companies see that a child has had a procedure (such as an x-ray) twice in one day, they may deny coverage of the second procedure because they think that it is a duplicate charge from the hospital when it is not. 1 General Information 2 Prenatal Hospital 4 Living With CHD 5 Forms 59


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