hospitals brought you in the day before your surgery and did all the prep and pre-op work, questions, testing, etc. while you were in the hospital (not as an outpatient.)
I suppose that insurance companies don't want to pay for that extra night in the hospital if they can help it. I asked a nurse today and she said it cuts down on cancellations, but I don't see how.
My daughter drove me there this morning. I had a chest x-ray, blood drawn twice, and EKG, BP, temperature and urinalysis. A patient educator came in and talked to us for almost an hour about what to expect during the surgery, in the ICU and afterward. I appreciated that, and she answered all our questions.
Now I am showered and cleaned from neck to toe with special wipes containing a strong disinfectant. I have to be at the hospital in the morning by 5:15 a.m. I'll be back as soon as possible, but it may be 3-5 days before I am able. Wish me luck, and if you are a praying person, I'd appreciate a few on my behalf.