Minggu, 31 Juli 2016

Why Does It Cost $10,000 a Day to Sustain Dead People in Hospital?




CEO John Duval

Yesterday, I blogged about the case before the Virginia Supreme Court concerning whether or not clinicians need family consent to administer an apnea brain death test.  



One of the arguments that VCU Health System made for why the court should decide the appeal quickly is the cost: $10,000 per day.  Interestingly, among the petition papers, CEO John Duval, breaks down this figure.


  1. The physician charge for services provided to Mirranda by the pediatric critical care attending physicians is $900.00 per day.

  2. The hospital charge for the room in the PICU for Mirranda is $5,916.00 per day.

  3. The hospital pharmacy charges for services provided to Mirranda to maintain her current level of support are $1,533.26 per day. These charges include daily administration of medications and nutrition required to support Mirranda.

  4. The hospital chemistry test charges for services provided to Mirranda to maintain her current level of support average $190.57 per day. These charges include daily and weekly panels and tests.

  5. The hospital hematology testing charges for services provided to Mirranda to maintain her current level of support average $16.28 per day. These charges include weekly analysis of blood drawn from Mirranda.

  6. The hospital respiratory services charge for services provided to Mirranda to maintain her current level of support is $724.00 per day. This charge includes services provided by respiratory therapy in order to mechanically ventilate Mirranda. 

  7. The hospital drug charges for services provided to Mirranda to maintain her current level of support are $490.40 per day. This charge is for medications and solutions required on a daily basis in order to support Mirranda.




"When the above physician and hospital charges are added together, the total current charges for providing physician and hospital services to Mirranda to maintain her current level of support are approximately $9,770.00 per day. These charges are likely to continue as long as Mirranda remains in the PICO at VCUHS/MCV Hospitals."



"To date, no reimbursement has been received from any health insurer for the services provided by VCUHS/MCV Hospitals or by the attending physicians of MCV Associated Physicians."


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