US Covid-19 survivor receives $1.1 million hospital bill
WASHINGTON: A 70-year-old American man who nearly died of Covid-19 has been billed a heart-stop $1.1 million for his hospital expenses, the Seattle Times reported Saturday.
Michael Flor was admitted to a hospital in the northwestern city on March 4, and stayed for 62 days -- at one point coming so close to death that nurses held up the phone so his wife and children could say goodbye.
But he recovered and was discharged on May 5 to the cheers of nursing staff -- only to receive a 181-page bill totalling $1,122,501.04, he told the newspaper.
That includes: $9,736 per day for the intensive care room, nearly $409,000 for its transformation into a sterile room for 42 days, $82,000 for the use of a ventilator for 29 days, and nearly $100,000 for two days when his prognosis was life-threatening.
Flor is covered by Medicare, a go nment insurance program for the elderly, and should not have to take out his wallet, according to the Times.
But in a country where health care is among the most expensive in the world -- and the idea of socializing it remains hugely controversial -- he said he feels "guilty" knowing that taxpayers will bear much of the cost.
"It was a million bucks to save my life, and of course I'd say that's money well-spent ... But I also know I might be the only one saying that," the Times qued him as saying.
A gigantic plan adopted by Congress to keep the American economy afloat through the coronavir s shutdowns includes a $100 million budget to compensate hospitals and private insurance companies that treated COVID-19 patients.
After Modi's term is over , India should someone like Km who believes in science and tech and is a visionary. With Nirm Sitharn as FM India is not going to achieve anything great this term. And it will be 5 years lost.
In India, we are all safe! Our health minster said, "There is no community spread" especially in BJP ruling states.
In pandemic crisis situation in India the central go nment should compensate the hospitals the cost of treatment from PMCares Fund so that citizens get quality treatment and avoid the prevailing situation now.
He is charges more than 8 crore Rs.Corona is giving Good business for Hospitals all over the world
Thankfully, he didn't have anything to pay from his wallet as the cost of his total treatment is covered by the old age comprehensive insurance policy
Madan Mohan Siddhanthi
First as such private hospitals are looting , next they will think they are not alone and have great scope to loot lot more
No fee in Go nment hospital, request all to kindly utilise it and make private operators bankrupt.
Only rich and po iticians can afford the private hospitals
good business for the hospitals all voer the world. cry wolf ...cry wolf.
US now became a true capitalist country.
Click bait. He did not have to pay anything out of pocket.
i thought it happens only in India
Hospitals are not charity institutions. They have to satisfy investors than patients. It is a business. If you are with deep pockets then get into private hospitals or else pray for God.
After seeing the bill he must have got heart attack
Entire hospitalization expenses were borne by the Go nment as they have been reimbursed. Both patient and Hospital were aware before treatment
Hospitals are same everywhere.
He should have come to India and got admitted to a gt. hospital for free treatment.
US is literally run by insurance companies.
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And he preferred to die rather..
Hospital should send the medical bill to the graveyard of the dead man.
life is costless, but it depends on patient capacity to pay a bill otherwise he would have died.
Does it mean hospitals can bill anything they wish and loot the go nment? Isn't there a body to mon or the charges?