Covid-19 survivor slapped with $1.1 million hospital bill

indafrica June 16, 2020
Updated 2020/06/16 at 7:19 AM

A man in the United States who almost died of organ failure following his admission to hospital after he was diagnosed with Covid-19 has been slapped with $1.1 million bill for medical expenses.

Michael Flor, 70, was admitted on after he was diagnosed with the killer virus at a hospital in the northwestern city of Seattle.

According to a report by the Seattle Times , Flor was released from Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah on 5 May and allowed to go home before he was served with a 181-page bill explaining his charges.

Among other costs included in the bill was $1 000-per-day for the intensive care room and due to the contagious nature of the virus, the room was sealed and could only be entered by medical workers wearing plastic suits and headgear.

Nearly $40 000 was for the transformation of the room into a sterile room for 42 days and $80 000 for the use of a ventilator for 29 days.

For the two days when his heart, kidneys and lungs were all failing and he was nearing death, the bill ran for 20 pages with a total of about $10 000 as doctors tried all means to save his life.

“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,” said Flor.

At one point, Flor’s health condition deteriorated so much that the doctors had to hold up the phone so his wife and children could say goodbye.

Flor is covered by Medicare, a government insurance programme for the elderly, and therefore did not have to take out his wallet, according to the Times .

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