10+ Year Member
Feb 25, 2005
Dallas, TX
Do physicians send over patients for you to give out free medications? And if so, do you give them the drugs? Why not?

Because, physicians send over patients to hospitals for them to get free drugs all the time. I'll give you an example.

Many Hem/Oncologists got on the bandwagon and started opening up their own Chemo Infusion Suites. Many injectable Chemos are done as outpatient procedures... However, this January, Medicare dramatically reduced the reimbursement for those chemo infusions to chemo clinics. So doctors are selectively sending those patients where either reimbursement is too low or with no insurance to our outpatient procedure area in the hospital for us to provide them with expensive chemos..and antibiotics..etc.

I work for a for profit hospital. Should we provide the medications?


15+ Year Member
Aug 19, 2003
Yes, this is a normal practice. However, the pharmacy is still paid for the drug. How it works is the physician writes out a prescription with a sticker on the back of it. It is given to the pharmacy which will run the stick thru like it is an insurance claim. Then we provide the patient with 7 days worth of medication for no cost and we get paid for it.