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Money Matters - Going into Hospital

Being in hospital can be a difficult experience. Your money and financial affairs may be the last thing on your mind, but if you don't tell certain organisations that you're in hospital, you may have to deal with unpaid bills or other financial difficulties when you come home. 

This section explains the common money problems that affect people in hospital and looks at how you can try to avoid them. 

  • Plan with your partner, carer or friend so they know what to do if you have to go into hospital. 

  • You should receive Statutory Sick Pay for the first 28 weeks you are absent from work. 

  • If you get benefits, tell the Department for Work and Pensions  (DWP) and your council tax department when you go into hospital.

  • Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance stop if you are in hospital for more than 28 days. 

  • Other benefits may also be reduced after being in hospital for a certain time. 

  • If you don’t tell the DWP that you're in hospital you may be overpaid benefits. 

  • The DWP can ask you to repay an overpayment. This could mean having money taken out of your benefits. 

You should carry on paying your essential bills (such as rent, council tax, fuel, insurances). You could do this by setting up direct debits from your bank account. 

If you're struggling to pay your bills you should speak to a debt advisor to find out what you can do.