posted on Feb, 28 2020 @ 09:51 AM
Last month, Osmel Martinez Azcue, a Miami resident, returned from a work trip in China with flu-like symptoms. He visited the hospital to make
sure he didn't have the coronavirus, the Miami Herald reported.
Azcue had the flu, not the coronavirus. But he has limited insurance coverage and received a claim for $3,270 two weeks after his test. He'll be
responsible for about $1,400 of that bill, according to the Herald.
As we stand on the precipice of a potentially world altering pandemic, the US healthcare system is making sure they still get their slice of the
Last month a man who had recently returned from a business trip to China started displaying coronavirus-like symptoms. He did the responsible thing
and went to the hospital for testing. The hospital wanted to do a CT scan to determine whether or not he had the dreaded virus. He opted to get the
way less expensive flu test first.
It turns out he did have flu, but for that simple test he was given a $3270 bill. I can only imagine what the bill would've been if they had gone
along with the CT scan.
So the most reliable test for coronavirus (which apparently isn't that reliable) will cost people without insurance/with junk plans thousands of
dollars. I can't see that happening.
On top of that, these are the same people that will go to work sick because they can't afford to take a day off.
If Trump's plan to curb coronavirus in the US actually works, all the kudos to him. If things start to spread though, especially among the poor, I
hope people will actually start to consider universal healthcare.