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TB is amazingly expensive to treat

1st June 2007

I’m sure most have heard about the lawyer with TB who went on his honeymoon to Europe recently. I don’t want to get into the morals of that here – there are some opinions posted on that over here and maybe here – I want to talk about the cost of treating TB:

Speaker’s tuberculosis was discovered when he had a chest X-ray in January for a rib injury, Huitt said.

His care — which could also include surgery — could cost between $250,000 to $350,000, she said.

The air ambulance flight and other costs of transporting him from Atlanta to Denver on Thursday morning totaled another $12,000, said a spokeswoman for Kaiser Permanente, Speaker’s health insurer, which paid the bill.

Keep in mind that the guy is 31 years old. I hope he has good insurance and that no one else got sick from him.

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