Five stories that have North Texas talking: the cost of caring for a patient with Ebola, transportation officials try to find a Plan B to fund the Trinity Parkway, early birds catch the “blood moon”, and more.
The cost of Ebola patient Thomas Duncan’s care may be up to $500,000, a report from Bloomberg News estimates. Duncan is in critical condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He’s been in isolation since Sept. 28, and he’s currently on a ventilator, receiving kidney dialysis, and being treated with an experimental drug.
The cost of those treatments, as well as security, disposal of hazardous waste, and equipment to protect healthcare workers will eventually bring the bill to $500,000, plus other indirect costs.
“If they recognize that he has no money they will clearly just write it off as charity care,” Gerard Anderson, a health policy professor at Johns Hopkins University, said.
Texas Health Presbyterian and the Liberian Embassy in Washington did not comment on who would pay for Duncan’s care. “It’s too early to make a decision about payment of bills,” Gabriel Williams with the Liberian Embassy said. “The focus is on his health.”