If you have to go to the hospital, and you do not have insurance, there are some things that you ought to be aware of. This does not mean do not go to the hospital if you are in need of medical attention, this is just the mind insurance that you need to prepare you if you do not have health insurance. For those who have health insurance, they usually first obtain it, “just in case.” If you have not paid for that service, there is a peace of mind that has no cost, but still serves as a resource to prepare you, “just in case.” Most people visit hospitals unexpectedly, so if you have to go to the hospital, don’t be afraid to go. Depending on the hospital that you go to, there may be a variance in regards to policy. There may also be differences in hospitals across state lines, if you have a medical emergency in a different state than you reside in. Nevertheless, there are some legal rights that you have as a human being that are consistent, no matter where you go.
#1 You are to consider the cost that will be associated with your hospital care if you do not have insurance. Most hospitals have very high priced services, but the care that they offer you is priceless. Most hospitals will treat you when you do not have health insurance, then allow you to pay the bill that is owed at a later date. Hospitals know that if you are a person who does not have insurance because you can not afford it, then most likely, you do not have the funds to support an unexpected, costly hospital bill. Even if you have health insurance, there still may be a cost associated with your hospital medical proceedings, so there certainly may be if you do not have any heath coverage.
#2 If you do not have health insurance, and you go to the hospital, you may qualify for medical coverage and may not be aware of it. There are state recognized government programs that you may be eligible for. When you are asked to submit your valid identification and proof of income, the hospital may discover that you may qualify for government funded health benefits that will cover all or some of your hospital medical bill.
#3 Contrary to common belief, hospitals will treat you even if you do not have health insurance. If you have a serious medical emergency, hospitals will not refuse you of service. Hospitals will not discriminate against you and push you to the back burner if you do not have medical insurance. There have been reports about this kind of discrimination from a few hospitals, but it is not legal, and they will receive the proper discipline if convicted of this defiance. Hospitals can not refuse to treat you or you leave you to be last if you are not covered by a health carrier.