Hospital Charges and Insurance
Harlingen Medical Center’s Business Office routinely files all necessary hospital claims to insurance companies for reimbursement. The patient, however, is ultimately responsible for all hospital services/treatment expenses. It is extremely important that the hospital be given all information regarding the patient’s insurance as soon as possible, so that the Business Office can verify it is in effect and determines the nature of coverage.
If insurance coverage is insufficient, payment for services rendered is due by one of the following methods:
- Deposit made before or upon admission;
- Payment made during your hospital stay;
- Cash or other payment upon discharge.
Payment and/or deposit may be made with cash or a credit card such as Master Card, VISA, Discover and American Express, as well as check.
Inquiries regarding payment or deposit requirements for your services may be discussed with a Business Office representative at 956-365-1096.
Medicare requires that your hospital admission and continued stay be justified for medical necessity. If continued stay is not medically necessary, Medicare will not pay for it. You have the right to appeal any written notice that states Medicare will no longer be responsible for your bill. Please ask your nurse to have someone from Case Management contact you if you wish to appeal a Medicare denial decision.
We are aware that hospital bills are sometimes difficult to understand because of the various requirements imposed on the hospital by health insurance carriers. Your statement of account will include only those services rendered to you by Harlingen Medical Center. Services provided by your doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, pathologist, radiologist and any other consulting physician will be billed by their respective office. If you wish to have your statement of accounts clarified, you can call the Harlingen Medical Center Business Office at 956-365-1096.
Most insurance plans do not cover 100% of your hospital stay. Your co-pay or deductible is expected to be paid at the time of service. If you are unable to pay the balance in full, you can make arrangements for installment payments.
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