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Unread 10-25-2000, 08:46 PM
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I've been reading that a few ladies have had private rooms at the hospital by requesting them and paying the difference. That sounds great. How do you arrange this? Do you call your insurance company? Any feed back is appreciated. I also have a question about hormones. How does the doctor know what type of hormone level is going to work best for you after surgery? Do they do a baseline testing? I have also heard from some people that maybe I wont need hormone replacement! How can that be? Are these people just uninformed or what?! Thanks Sisters for being there for me and answering all my questions!!

Shara W
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Unread 10-25-2000, 09:47 PM
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Hi Shara;
I went to the hospital for a scheduled pre-op visit on the Friday before my Monday surgery. They had us meet with the finance / business office people at that time so we did not have to do any of that on the morning of the surgery. The finance person asked me then if I wanted a private room. It was $25 extra per day. The insurance company was not involved as they only covered the cost of the standard room. I was glad I got a private room as I enjoyed the quiet, and they brought in a roll away bed (for free) for my DH to catch a few winks on after my surgery as he worked the night before.

I don't know how the doctors figure out the hormone levels, but my doctor did an excellent job - and my body cooperated. You might search in the hormone jungle messages because they have lots of conversations about that subject.

Good luck,
Jane TAH/BSO 6/19/00
Unread 10-26-2000, 09:45 AM

You asked about getting a private room. I've just gone through this so.......

Your insurance company will only pay the going rate for a semi-private room. I called my insurance company and they told me to call the business office at the hospital. Did that......talked to a rude lady but she did give me the information.

On the day of your surgery, when you check in at Admissions, state LOUDLY AND CLEARLY that you want a private room. You will be expected to pay the difference in rates between the private and semi-private. In my city, the difference is only $6 a day.....which is well worth it.

What I found NOT reassurring is that the business office told me that they would do their best, IF a private room is available. If not, I go into a semi-private with the option to be moved when a private becomes available.

I don't do well in circumstances where I'm stressed and when you add pain to it, I can be a raving B*TCH. And when my husband's unhappy, especially on my behalf, he can be even worse.

So I'm warning the hospital, both when I go in for my pre-op on the 3rd, and again, when I hit Admissions, they had better have a private room ready.

As for the hormone issue, I asked about having baseline testing done two days ago when I went for my bloodwork. They said it wasn't necessary.....that the doctor has a protocol he follows and will be able to start you on something and then adjust as needed. This didn't make much sense to me. Why not just find out where I'm at now and then replace at the same level????

I trust my doctor completely so I guess I've just got to go along with him on this one.

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