Update on Italian medicine

04/05/2010 at 5:34 AM Leave a comment

My friend is doing great! He will be in the hospital for a total of 10 days to recover enough strength to get to Rome and then fly home. Everyone is overjoyed.

The interesting part is that they presented him a bill already. The amount wont change with how many days he will be there but is a total lump sum for their efforts of saving his life and all the subsequent care. He is not a citizen and they don’t know how to bill his american insurance ( which will pay for the treatment).

The total cost? 3200 Euros about $4000 or what the bill would have been here for the first couple of hours in the ER. It would be a great exercise to see what the exact same care here would have cost. I am guessing close to $100,000. And here he would have been discharged well before 10 days were up and expect to recover at home.

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