The Christian Mutuality (TM) released on Thursday its traditional hospital barometer. After analyzing the invoices sent by all its members, processed 1.4 million in 2014, it calculated how much on average returned hospitalization facilities in Belgium. Initial findings: stays in single rooms are more expensive and in addition in Brussels hospitals.

The MC gives some advice to keep his hospital expenses to the eye and avoid unpleasant surprises.

1. Inquire in advance about the current rates

The MC recommends to choose knowingly between a single room or other room type. Before being admitted to a hospital, it is advisable to learn about the costs of different types of room. These are mentioned on the admission statement submitted at the latest at the time of patient admission, but however it is possible to request these rates in advance or visit them online. Hospitals are indeed required to publish on their website.

This is particularly important for a day hospitalization , during which the room is used only a few hours. The cost difference between a single room or a shared room or twin is even more important than in conventional hospitalization.

2. Ask the doctor estimated the cost of the intervention

During surgery, the cost of medical devices (implants or remaining material in the body) can be high. It is therefore not hesitate to discuss fees with the height of the responsible physician before the operation.

3. Compare the rates for hospitals Online

The MC offers on its website to compare the different tariffs in the country’s hospitals and choice of institution based.

4. Ask rates “miscellaneous expenses”

In addition to traditional hospital costs are in addition many supplements either for the use of a TV, telephone, internet, meals consumed by a mate or parent nights or if that person has slept in the room. All of these positions are added to swell the bill.

5. Check carefully before paying bill

Before paying a bill, better check it twice, errors may indeed slip into documents. Mutualist counselors are available to patients to inform about the content of their bills and check that there are no errors. In this case, a fix is ​​required on the establishment in question.