Important Documents to Bring to Bronson Methodist Hospital - Bronson Healthcare

Important Documents

Insurance

  • Please talk to your insurance company ahead of time if possible. They will go over their requirements. This will make it easier for you to focus on getting well after you leave the hospital.
  • Bronson will send your bills to your insurance company if you give us all of the information. Remember that your insurance policy is a contract between you and your insurance company. If the insurance company disputes charges or services, these are your responsibility.
  • You have the final responsibility to pay your hospital bill. Bronson has several payment options to help you pay your bill, if needed.

Power of Attorney & Patient Advocate

We all want to make our own decisions about the medical treatment we receive. Sometimes a medical condition might prevent us from making those decisions. That's why it's important to have an Advance Directive.

Your Advance Directive should:

  • Describe the type of medical care you want
  • Describe the type of medical care you do not want
  • State who you want to make decisions about your care if you cannot
  • Be reviewed once a year

If you become unable to make your own medical decisions, you want to make sure someone you trust can make decisions for you. You will name that person in a document called a Durable Power of Attorney.

Choosing Your Patient Advocate

The person you choose to make decisions is called a patient advocate. A patient advocate should be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Able to make important decisions
  • Aware of your wishes and willing to follow them

To be a patient advocate, a person must sign an acceptance form. What Decisions Can a Patient Advocate Make? The patient advocate only makes decisions when you can’t. You can give your patient advocate the power to:

  • Consent to or refuse medical treatment
  • Arrange for home healthcare
  • Admit you to a nursing home
  • Withhold treatment or food and water

Creating a Durable Power of Attorney

There is no standard form for a Durable Power of Attorney document. You can use Bronson’s form, write your own or have a lawyer create one for you. A Durable Power of Attorney must be signed by you and witnessed by two adults. Witnesses cannot be:

  • A family member
  • The patient advocate
  • An employee of the healthcare facility where you are a patient

If you have questions, call Medical Social Work at (269) 341-6001.

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