Cost of treating Ebola: $1,000 an hour

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital may have spent as much as $1,000 an hour in its futile attempt to treat Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, Bloomberg News has reported. Duncan died last week after 11 days of treatment. The costs not only are linked to the intensive care Duncan required, but also the fact that he was also kept under strict isolation--a protocol that disrupted other hospital operations. Altogether, the cost of treating Duncan may have exceeded $500,000, not a penny of which is likely to be recouped because the Liberian national lacked health insurance. Article

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