Get Well Sooner A Healthier Roommate Could Help

For example, a patient who rooms with the healthiest roommate has a hospital stay that is about eight hours shorter, requiring 27 percent less medical attention, and costing about $840 less, compared with a patient with the sickest roommate.

Despite the potential risks and preferences, having a hospital roommate, and a healthier one in particular, may be better than having no roommate. And some studies indicate that single rooms reduce the spread of flu and other infections, though the evidence is not conclusive.

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