ANelderlymanwhobattledcoronavirus for 62 days at a hospital
in the US has been handed over
a staggering 181-page bill of $1.1
million (nearly Rs 8 crore).
Michael Flor, 70, who became
the longest-hospitalised COVID19 patient at Swedish Medical
Centerin Issaquah, a city inKing
County, Washington State, and
survived, knew the bill would be
a hefty one but looking at 181-
page long bill left him in shock.
He came so close to death in
the spring that a nurse held a
phone to his ear while his wife
and kids said their final goodbyes, reports The Seattle Times.
Seattle, Flor saidhisheart almost
failed for the second time when
he saw the hospital bill.
His ICU room was billed at
$9,736 per day and the total
stay in the ICU.
“He also was on a mechanical
ventilator for 29 days, with the
per day, for a total of $82,215.
About a quarter ofthe bill is drug
costs,” the report mentioned.
For two days when his heart,
kidneys and lungs were all failing, the bill was nearly $100,000
asdoctors“were throwing everything at me they could think of,”
Flor was quoted as saying.
In all, there are nearly 3,000
itemisedhospital charges, about
50 per day.
Good news is that since Flor
had insurance including
Medicare, he won’t have to
pay the vast majority of it, the
“I feel guilty about surviving.
There’sasense of‘why me?’Why
did I deserve all this? Looking at
the incredible cost of it all definitelyaddstothatsurvivor’sguilt,”