Anesthesia Gas Billing Explanation

Explanation of anesthesia billing model for patients

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford charges for our role in the delivery of anesthesia items and services when inpatients receive general anesthesia gas services in our service rooms.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is a hospital and we charge for items and services that we provide to patients in our hospital. The specific resources we provide vary in each case. We supply the anesthesia gas, equipment, supplies, and staff necessary to effectively deliver anesthesia gas to our patients. These are included in our Anesthesia Gas Service charges. We may also supply drugs and non-routine supplies for which there may be separate charges. Our charges are greater than our actual costs.

Your anesthesiologist will bill separately for his or her professional services, as will your surgeon and the other physicians who provide care to patients in the hospital.

When inpatients receive general anesthesia gas in our service rooms, we charge as follows:

  • There is a flat Initial Anesthesia Gas Service charge for up to the first hour the patient is in the service room.
  • After the first hour in the service room, there is a per-minute Additional Anesthesia Gas Service charge that is applied until the patient leaves the service room.
  • Depending on the patient’s unique case, there may be additional charges for certain drugs and non-routine supplies.

This approach takes into account that, in general, patients who are in the service room longer require more anesthesia resources.

If you have further questions, you can contact Stanford Medicine Children’s Health’s Customer Service Department at (800) 308-3285.