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Inpatient or outpatient? It makes a difference with Medicare
Santa Ynez Valley News

When you go to a hospital, does it make any difference if you’re considered an “inpatient” or an “outpatient?”

Yes, it does.

Your hospital status (whether the hospital classifies you as an inpatient or outpatient) affects how much you pay for hospital services like X-rays, drugs and lab tests.

It also may affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility.