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-stopping $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 government 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 quoted him as saying.


A gigantic plan adopted by Congress to keep the American economy afloat through the coronavirus shutdowns includes a $100 million budget to compensate hospitals and private insurance companies that treated COVID-19 patients.



以下是印度时报读者的评论: 译者:Jessica.Wu


After Modi's term is over , India should elect someone like Kalam who believes in science and tech and is a visionary. With Nirmala Sitharaman as FM India is not going to achieve anything great this term. And it will be 5 years lost.



Strategic Speaking

In India, we are all safe! Our health minster said, "There is no community spread" especially in BJP ruling states.



Rajesh Shenoy

In pandemic crisis situation in India the central government should compensate the hospitals the cost of treatment from PMCares Fund so that citizens get quality treatment and avoid the prevailing situation now.



Deviprasad Nayak

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



Praveen Kumar

No fee in Government hospital, request all to kindly utilise it and make private operators bankrupt.



Jack Saunders

Only rich and politicians can afford the private hospitals



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