private pay bed


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private pay bed

n
(Medicine) (in Britain) a bed in a National Health Service hospital, reserved for private patients who pay a consultant acting privately for treatment and who are charged by the health service for use of hospital facilities. Often shortened to: pay bed Compare amenity bed
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These alternatives, including private pay beds, an increase in long stay patients (more than 30 days) in acute care hospitals, and the growth of unsubsidized home support services that home support agencies provided likely substituted for no more than 5 subsidized beds per 1,000 persons 75 years of age or over.

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