And that boys and girls is the American health care system. 

Courtesy of the Seattle Times

Remember Michael Flor, the longest-hospitalized COVID-19 patient who, when he unexpectedly did not die, was jokingly dubbed “the miracle child?”

Now they can also call him the million-dollar baby.

Flor, 70, who came so close to death in the spring that a night-shift nurse held a phone to his ear while his wife and kids said their final goodbyes, is recovering nicely these days at his home in West Seattle. But he says his heart almost failed a second time when he got the bill from his health care odyssey the other day.

“I opened it and said ‘holy [bleep]!’ “ Flor says.

The total tab for his bout with the coronavirus: $1.1 million. $1,122,501.04, to be exact. All in one bill that’s more like a book because it runs to 181 pages.

Now to be fair it does not appear that Flor will have to pay any of this bill due to his being on Medicare and this being Covid-19. 

However, there have been other stories of younger folks who fought the Coronavirus and have been stuck with bills that are tens of thousands of dollars, and who are expected to pay all of it or a portion of it if they are lucky enough to have insurance. 

And keep in mind that there are millions of people fighting cancer, heart disease, and other diseases who deal with staggering medical costs every single year. 

In Germany, Canada, England, and many other industrialized countries this is simply not a problem that people have to deal with. 

So will the Coronavirus finally convince people that now is the time to move toward a Medicare for all or other universal health system? 

Well, I guess we will have to wait and see.