‘I feel guilty about surviving’: 70-year-old Covid survivor after getting $1.1 mn hospital bill
Remember Michael Flor, the longest-hospitalized COVID-19 patient who, when he unexpectedly did not die, was jokingly dubbed “the miracle child?”
Now they can also call him the million-dollar baby.
Flor, 70, who came so close to death in the spring that a night-shift nurse held a phone to his ear while his wife and kids said their final goodbyes, is recovering nicely these days at his home in West Seattle. But he says his heart almost failed a second time when he got the bill from his health care odyssey the other day.
“I opened it and said ‘holy [bleep]!’ “ Flor says.
The total tab for his bout with the coronavirus: $1.1 million. $1,122,501.04, to be exact. All in one bill that’s more like a book because it runs to 181 pages.
The 181-page bill offers an explanation of the charges, which include — $9,736 per day for his room in the intensive care unit, $82,215 for using a mechanical ventilator for 29 days, and nearly $100,000 for his treatment over two days when the infection caused his heart, kidneys and lungs to fail all at once.
The health professionals who treated Flor called him a “miracle child” after he managed to successfully fight the deadly infection despite multiple organ failure. At one point, his condition deteriorated so drastically that he was made to speak with his wife and children to say his last goodbyes, a night-shift nurse recalled.
Given that Flor is a beneficiary of the US’ national health insurance program ‘Medicare’, he will not have to pay a vast majority of the expenses, the Seattle Times report said. “It was a million bucks to save my life, and of course I’d say that’s money well-spent,” he told Seattle Times. “But I also know I might be the only one saying that”
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.