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In his house on the western side of Seattle, Washington, 70 year-old Michael Flor continues his recovery from COVID-19. Flor was hospitalized for two months in early 2020 with the disease, and came so close to death that he said his goodbyes to his family while talking on a cell phone held to his ear by his nurse because no visitors were allowed into quarantined patients’ rooms. In May, after 62 days, Flor was discharged as the area’s longest-hospitalized coronavirus patient. But he had another shock waiting for him when he got home — a $1.1 million bill.

His intensive care unit was billed at $9,736 per day, $408,912 for ensuring a properly sealed-off quarantine room, $2,835 per-day went toward the use of a ventilator, while about a quarter of the bill counted toward drug costs — 3,000 itemized charges across a baffling 181 pages.

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