Usa, survives Covid but then the hospital bill arrives: $ 1 million

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SEATTLE – There must have been some mistake that the poor 70-year-old is paying dearly after a 62-day odyssey. His name is Michael Flor – tells the Seattle Times – and is the first coronavirus patient to be hospitalized. After his discharge on May 2, he is recovering in his home in West Seattle. They nicknamed him the “miracle child” because it is as if he had been born a second time in that hospital, the same where he had come to light.

When the hospital sent him the bill for his medical odyssey, he tells the newspaper, he almost had a heart attack. A detailed 181 page plot for a total of $ 1,222,501. Flor has insurance and will only have to pay a portion of the overwhelming bill or, probably, will not have to pay anything thanks to special legislation passed for Covid patients. The cost of each day in ICU in isolation is $ 9,736 for a total of $ 408,912, considering the 42 days of hospitalization in resuscitation. Flor was mechanically ventilated for 29 days for a total cost of $ 82,215, or $ 2,835 a day. For the two days in which the internal organs had almost collapsed and the doctors did their utmost to save him, the fee amounts to $ 100,000. Plus everything else: drugs, rehabilitation, various therapies. “I feel guilty for surviving,” was his disconsolate comment.Thanks to the agreement that President Trump has made with insurance companies, financed by the US Congress with a 100 billion dollar allocation for hospitals and insurance companies, Mr. Flor will not have to pay anything. Writer David Lat also received a $ 320,000 bill for his Covid 19 treatment, and he also ended up not having to pay anything. The prices are exorbitant: at least double that in any other part of the world. Even considering the financing of the US government and the fact that the invoices are at ‘list price’ and do not consider the agreements between hospitals and insurance companies, the “account” rumors to Michael Flor show nightmare numbers. In total, there are nearly 3,000 detailed expenses, around 50 per day. The invoice does not include the two weeks of convalescence that the patient spent in another facility.


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