Modern hospitals provide crucial services to treat people with serious medical concerns. However, upon discharge, patients can go home with a serious amount of medical debt. According to HealthCare.gov, fixing up a broken leg can cost around $7,500. The average three-day hospital stay can cost up to $30,000. That's where the new health care trend of micro-hospitals comes in.
What is a micro-hospital?
Envisioned as something between a traditional hospital and an urgent care facility, a micro-hospital is usually between 20,000 and 50,000 square feet in size and located in a neighborhood setting. The idea behind the concept is that the micro-hospital fills the need for certain inpatient services for patients who need medical care but don't want to travel long distances or pay the steep price of receiving care in a large hospital setting.
Like traditional hospitals, micro-hospitals are open 24/7 and offer between eight and 15 beds for inpatient care.
How affordable is a micro-hospital?
Because services are offered in a smaller, personal setting without the massive overhead a large hospital carries, micro-hospitals are able to offer care at a steeply discounted price.