70-year-old coronavirus survivor slapped with $1 million medical bill

A 70-year-old coronavirus patient has been hit with a $1 million dollar medical bill for months of treatment.

Published Tue, Jun 23 2020 9:33 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

While the coronavirus pandemic is causing a massive struggle for hospitals around the nation, some patients are going to be hit with their own struggle, and it won't be with the physical infection either.

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That struggle is the financial burden of the virus via medical bills for their time getting treatment. Seattle resident Michael Flor recently received a medical bill total $1.1 million, luckily, Kaiser Permanente, the health care company that Flor went through to receive Medicare and Medicare Advantage coverage has said that it will waiver most of the out-of-pocket costs related to his COVID-19 treatment. That won't be the case for all COVID-19 patients, though.

A study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that examined medical costs between 2016 and 2019 for patients receiving care for respiratory conditions that were similar to COVID-19 care. The researchers found that the average out-of-pocket care for patients receiving respiratory treatment was $1,961 with cheaper high-deductible plans, and $1,653 for patients with typically lower deductibles. Matthew Eisenberg, an assistant professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said that even if a patient has a $5,000 deductible plan, they could easily be slapped with a bill exceeding $5,000.

If you are interested in reading more findings from this study or would like a more comprehensive assessment of the medical bills, check out this link here.

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