Viral video shows whopping £2m cost of treating Covid-19 patient for four months

TikTok users were stunned when they came across a viral video showing the bill a Covid-19 patient has to pay after staying at a hospital for four months.

Al, who posted the clip on his account @letstalkaboutbusiness, said the medical document is crazy when he showed a summary of the charged items – a whopping sum of $2,850,776.10 (£2,053,133.79).

It is not sure if the bill belongs to Al but he explained that the document was for "four months in a USA hospital with Covid-19".

In the video viewed nearly 10 million times, Al zooms in on the list – including fee of staying in an intensive care unit ward, respiratory therapy, laboratory tests and anaesthesia.

The most expensive item listed so far is respiratory therapy, which cost a staggering price of $550,000 (£396,000), followed by $404,515 (£291,000) to cover intermediate ICU care.

A CAT Scan alone costs about $9,510 (£6,849) and an ultrasound test is another $3,400 (£2,400).

There are roughly 33 items marked on the "summary of charges and activity", totalling the cost to nearly $3 million.

The printout explicitly says that it is not a bill, but an itemised list of charges for the total cost of the stay.

It is likely that it accounts for charges made before insurance is applied, which may cover most or some of the total.

Al promised to viewers that there will be an update.

While many viewers are waiting patiently, some poured in their comments on the charges.

One bewildered TikTok user said: "American truly is a third world country in a Gucci belt."

Another added: "If a country is not serving its people, it's a developing nation. Welcome to the Third World."

Some also noticed the bold font at the top stating "this is not a bill" and believed it will be finalised when the insurance are taken into account.

"This is just what the hospital charges, it's not actually what a person pays," one pointed out. "The insurance wipes out almost all of these excess charges."

A second added: "No insurance pays 100%, so some will be out of pocket."

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