A Seattle man, who battled COVID-19 for weeks, has been billed $1.12 million for his hospital charges.
Michael Flor, 70, was tested positive for coronavirus. He was admitted to the Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah near Seattle. Before his miraculous recovery, he spent 62 days in the facility, according to the article published in the Daily Mail.
Flor was released from the facility after his recovery. A couple of days after finally getting back home, he recieved a detailed bill – 181 pages in total – for a total of $1.1 million, says the same article.
“I opened it and said ‘holy [bleep]!’ “ Flor says, according to the article published in the Seattle Times.
As Flor has insurance, he does not have to pay the majority of it. In fact, amid COVID-19, special financial rules were implemented by Congress which will help cover some of the outstanding invoice, according to the same article by the Daily Mail.
“Congress set aside more than $100 billion to help hospitals and insurance companies defray the costs of the pandemic”, says the Daily Mail.
“I feel guilty about surviving… Why did I deserve all this? Looking at the incredible cost of it all definitely adds to that survivor’s guilt,”
“It was a million bucks to save my life, and of course, I’d say that’s money well-spent, but I also know I might be the only one saying that.”Michael Flor told the Times