Family of Man Who Died of Coronavirus Hit With $1 Million Hospital Bill

A Florida family received a claims summary from a hospital totaling more than $1 million over a relative who died from the novel coronavirus.

A picture of the claims summary was posted to an Instagram account June 28. The account holder, workshoppgh, wrote a lengthy post about the $1,123,600 bill and said: "No one should have to face this virus alone and make it out to get bills like this."

"I am posting this hoping it will encourage folks to wear a mask," the Instagram user wrote. "This is a real insurance claim statement (not final bill) for four weeks of Covid in the hospital I just got today for my fully insured uncle that we lost."

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I am posting this hoping it will encourage folks to wear a mask. I know it’s not anything having to do with crafts or store- apologies. This is a REAL insurance claim statement (not final bill) for 4 weeks of Covid in the hospital I just got today for my fully insured Uncle that we lost. Over ONE million dollars for one person. Insurance paid $100,000 of it- 10%. Mind you they may accept insurance and clear this balance but even so- these numbers are insane. With double insurance (Medicare and private). If you were an uninsured person who spent 4 weeks on a ventilator like my Uncle did you could have a $1 million bill like this? In what world would a hospital value services at these rates. The most insane part is pharmacy was $470k. Chloroquine was a big part of that I’m sure. A medication that was pulled and didn’t work cost probably hundreds of thousands. More than anything else on the summary. More than the actual hospital stay. This all just demonstrates a broken system in need of reform. We won’t have to settle a final bill this high but it’s still terrifying to get a statement like this. There are limited ways for me to be an Activist about this and be heard, fight for change on how the virus is being ignored by many/ handled and the Federal govt lack of leadership on this that could have saved many, but I’ll continue to fight how I can, write letters and share our family’s story to hopefully get more people to atleast wear masks and possibly see a day with #healthcareforall. How many people have to die and get sick before we have national safety standards in place? How many more health care workers have to fight this without support they need to fight this as numbers rise again? No one should have to face this virus alone and make it out to get bills like this. Let alone his family after the fact and when we’ve called them to explain to insurance that he has passed numerous times. With this infuriating insight and fear of increased cases- I am back to making masks every day. We also will still take donations of masks for our neighborhood. If you need one I got you. Please be safe❤️. #covid19 #wearamask #maskmakers #insuranceforall #medicalreform

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"Over one million dollars for one person. Insurance paid $100,000 of it –10%. Mind you, they may accept insurance and clear this balance, but even so these numbers are insane," the user said, adding that their deceased family member had both Medicare and private insurance.

The user then asked the public if there was anyone else who received a $1 million bill while being uninsured after spending four weeks on a hospital ventilator, as many COVID-19 patients often do.

"In what world would a hospital value services at these rates," the user wrote.

According to the Health Resources and Services Administrations, uninsured individuals should have their medical costs taken care of as part of provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The HRSA stated on its website that as part of these bills, which were passed to help fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, "the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will provide claims reimbursement to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19 and treating uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis."

The Instagrammer said that over $460,000 was charged for using the pharmacy, which they stated cost "more than the actual hospital stay."

"This all just demonstrates a broken system in need of reform. We won't have to settle a final bill this high but it's still terrifying to get a statement like this," the Instagram user said.

The person also went on to advocate for Medicare for All, something progressive Democrats would like to see implemented so that Americans would no longer have to pay for health insurance.

"There are limited ways for me to be an activist about this and be heard, [or] fight for change on how the virus is being ignored by many... but I'll continue to fight how I can, write letters and share our family's story to hopefully get more people to at least wear masks and possibly see a day with healthcare for all," the Instagram user wrote.

Newsweek reached out to workshoppgh for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Two nurses assess the vital signs of a COVID-19 patient using a ventilator on April 21, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. A Florida man's family received a $1 million claims summary after he passed away following a battle with COVID-19. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty