As a patient in the hospital, you will receive medications as a part of your therapy. These medications are covered by insurance plans and Medicare.
Can I bring my own medications to the hospital?
Many patients bring their medications with them upon hospital admission so your physician can verify the medications and doses. Following review of the medications, we recommend that the medications be sent home with a friend or family member. If this is not possible, the hospital has a place to store them safely until you are discharged from the hospital.
By sending them home, we help eliminate the possibility that you receive extra doses, receive medications that might interact with one other, or receive medications that your physician may not know that you are taking.
In special cases, it may be necessary for you to take your own medication while in the hospital. Your physician will communicate this with the nurses and pharmacists. In order for medications to qualify for use, they must be in their original, labeled prescription container. The medications will be sent to the hospital pharmacy for identification and bar coding. After this is completed, your medications will be stored in a locked box outside your room and the nursing staff will administer them to you as ordered by your physician.
If you are admitted under the status of observation or as an outpatient and are covered by Medicare, you will be financially responsible for all oral medications administered to you during your stay. Medicare does not cover medications for these admissions.