I took my regular medication to the hospital with me. Why do I now need to pay for more of the same medicines dispensed to me?
We advise patients to bring any regular medication into the hospital for the nursing staff to see exactly which medications are being taken. However, this medication cannot always be administered to the patient as its integrity cannot be guaranteed. This may include but is not limited to: medication that is not in its original packaging; medication that is not clearly labelled for the patient; and medication where the expiry date is not visible.
The hospital will return this medication to the patient upon discharge. Please contact the hospital if there is any missing medication.
It is standard procedure for new medication requested by hospital staff and given to the patient to take while in hospital is from the pharmacy. Private health insurance will only cover inpatient medication costs if it directly relates to the condition under which a patient is admitted. Therefore, you may receive an invoice for these medications from HPS Pharmacies.