According to the University of Nebraska's Medical Center, it cost over $1 million to treat two Ebola patients. In addition, it is still unknown as to who is responsible for the bill. Ten people have been treated for the deadly virus on U.S. soil thus far, and the $1 million sum is the first "on-the-record estimate" of the cost to treat Ebola patients in the U.S.
“At UNMC, it has cost around $1.16 million to treat the two patients directed to us by the federal government. Treatment costs vary based on the severity of the patient when they arrive, but the cost is well beyond the normal costs incurred for an intensive care patient,” the school’s chancellor, Dr. Jeffrey Gold, said.
“In addition to the direct costs, we also take additional beds in the ward out of service when an Ebola patient is being treated which is a direct financial cost to the hospital. We estimate having to take those additional beds out of service has cost $148,000 so far,” Gold added.
Gold went on to say that the federal government should cover the bill, as these were "unique cases" and are not recoverable from insurance policies. What are your thoughts on this excessive bill?