WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED
- Michael Flor of Seattle was treated for 62 days in the hospital after contracting the coronavirus.
- Flor’s hospital bill amounted to $1,122,501.04, with the bulk of it went to his 42-day stay in the isolation chamber.
- Congress approved a stimulus package of $100 Billion for coronavirus costs so that survivors do not pay an astronomical amount.
Surviving the coronavirus can be astronomically expensive!
Seventy-year-old Michael Flor of Seattle lived to tell the tale of his coronavirus experience and went home amid cheers from the hospital staff. But when he got his hospital bill, “I opened it and said ‘holy [bleep]!’ ” Flor told the Seattle Times.
Flor clarified that the 181-page bill for $1,122,501.04 was an explanation of his benefits as Medicare and other insurance have paid a huge part of it. Even the $6,000 that he is left to pay out of his own pocket, may even be paid for by a stimulus package approved by Congress.
A breakdown for his 62-day stay in the hospital shows that 42 days in the isolation chamber costs $408,912, and 29 days on the mechanical ventilator costs $82,215.
Flor has been questioning the reasons why he survived and told the Seattle Times that “Looking at the incredible cost of it all definitely adds to that survivor’s guilt.”
At one time, Flor was even near death so a nurse held up a phone as his family said goodbye to him.
A similar case in New York happened to Janet Mendez, who also survived the coronavirus to the tune of $401,885.57. Mendez was hospitalized at the Mount Sinai Morningside for 19 days. As a result of a “financial assistance benefit”, the hospital reduced the bill. Mendez was left with just a $75,000 bill which she submitted to her insurance carrier.
The bill of $401,885.57 was an isolated error as no patient at the hospital is expected to directly pay for their COVID-19 care, a hospital spokesperson said.
Congress approved the stimulus package of $100 billion for the costs of the coronavirus pandemic for insurance providers and hospitals so no person who survived the Covid-19 would have to pay an astronomical bill.