Cost to Treat Ebola: $1 Million for Two Patients

Maggie Fox, NBC News, November 18, 2014

It cost more than $1 million to treat two patients sent to the University of Nebraska’s Medical Center, the hospital’s chancellor said Tuesday. And it’s still not clear who will pay the bill and how.

It’s the first on-the-record estimate of what it’s cost to treat Ebola patients in the United States. So far, 10 people have been treated on U.S. soil–most recently, Sierra Leonean Dr. Martin Salia, who died Monday in Nebraska.

“At UNMC, it has cost around $1.16 million to treat the two patients directed to us by the federal government. Treatment costs vary based on the severity of the patient when they arrive, but the cost is well beyond the normal costs incurred for an intensive care patient,” the school’s chancellor, Dr. Jeffrey Gold, said in prepared testimony for a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight subcommittee.

It cost about $30,000 a day to treat a single Ebola patient, Gold said. Ashoka Mukpo, the NBC camera operator, and Dr. Rick Sacra, the medical missionary, each stayed for about 18 days, Gold said. He said Emory University Hospital incurred similar costs in treating the four patients it took care of.

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  • Tim_in_Indiana

    So far, 10 people have been treated on U.S. soil–most recently, Sierra Leonean Dr. Martin Salia, who died Monday in Nebraska.

    And what exactly are these lepers doing in the heartland of America in the first place, if I may ask??

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  • Drifter745

    I’d like to see a breakdown of the $30k to see just what that entails.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    “And it’s still not clear who will pay the bill and how.”

    Let me clear that up for you Maggie…
    The taxpayer.
    and just put it on the Deficit Visa card please.

  • dd121

    Don’t worry about the cost. The money is borrowed and will never repaid. Or rather we’ll all repay it when the monetary system collapses.

  • A Freespeechzone

    Meanwhile, flights continue to come to the U.S. from West Africa and it’s only a matter of time before another arrogant, Ebola exposed do-gooder ignores commonsense and spreads this disease to innocent Americans.

    It’s bad enough that the negro in the WH is going to give amnesty to diseased, unwashed, ignorant ‘entitled’ illegals–who by the way, reintroduced diseases long eliminated until the invasion.

    Make no mistake that illegals and diseased Africans will get treated first and for free; others, even with Obamacare wont have the ability to cover the bill and will be turned away.

    Obama’s America attained through White complacency.

  • $500,000 each and they still complain about “their racist treatment.”

    How much do countries in Africa spend treating Ebola?

    White people need a country of their own.
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