Coronavirus practically killed Michael Flor.
After he acquired out of the hospital following a 62-day keep, the invoice he obtained practically killed him too.
“I opened it and said, ‘Holy (expletive)!,” the Washington state resident recalled, based on the Seattle Occasions.
The 181-page invoice got here with a complete cost of $1.1 million, the report mentioned.
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Thankfully, as a result of the 70-year-old man is roofed by insurance coverage, together with Medicare, he’ll possible must pay solely a small portion of the tab.
In actual fact, as a result of he suffered from the coronavirus, he won’t must pay something in any respect, the Occasions reported.
Among the many expenses, based on the newspaper:
$408,912 – for 42 days in an intensive care unit (ICU) room that was particular geared up as an isolation chamber due to the contagious nature of the virus.
$100,000 – for remedy as his coronary heart, kidney and lungs all practically failed throughout his keep.
$82,215 – for 29 days of ventilator use.
The costs, nonetheless, are sometimes far increased within the U.S. than in different rich international locations, the Los Angeles Times noted final September.
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“I feel guilty about surviving,” Flor told the Seattle paper. “There’s a sense of ‘Why me? Why did I deserve all this?’ Looking at the incredible cost of it all definitely adds to that survivor’s guilt.”
“I feel guilty about surviving. There’s a sense of ‘Why me? Why did I deserve all this?’ Looking at the incredible cost of it all definitely adds to that survivor’s guilt.”
Flor mentioned a lot of the guilt stems from realizing that taxpayers and different insurance coverage clients will contribute to the price of conserving him alive.
“It was a million bucks to save my life, and of course I’d say that’s money well-spent,” he says. “But I also know I might be the only one saying that.”