After your hospital visit, you'll receive a bill for our services. Your hospital bill reflects the cost of operating and maintaining a sophisticated healthcare facility 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The amount you are charged covers your room, nursing care, meals, housekeeping, upkeep of equipment and the facility, linens and administrative costs. In addition, you will be charged for tests, surgical or medical procedures, drugs, supplies and special services.
Final responsibility for payment of the bill rests with the patient, guarantor or legal guardian. We will make every reasonable effort to collect payment from insurance companies and governmental agencies once the proper forms are signed, but the hospital does not accept total responsibility for filing or collecting an insurance claim or negotiating a disputed settlement.
Please bring your insurance card and Social Security number with you to the hospital so that financial arrangements can be made quickly and easily.
Many insurance policies now require your hospital stay to be pre-authorized (pre-certification). We are able to assist in this effort, but pre-certification is the responsibility of the patient and the patient's doctor. If your insurance pays reduced benefits because this pre-authorization was not obtained, you are expected to pay the balance.
Patients who do not have hospitalization coverage or who have questions or concerns about payment arrangements or financial assistance should contact a Financial Counselor at 706-475-3542 or 706-475-3450 before being discharged from the hospital.
After you are discharged, all questions concerning your account should be directed to the Business Office in the Regional Health Services Building at the corner of Pine Needle and Talmadge. The Business Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached by phone at 706-475-3520 or 1-800-768-7425.
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