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$143,000 bill for snakebite treatment

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$143,000 bill for snakebite treatment in the US

'All in all, she was released within 24 hours of the bite.'

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/04/try-not-to-get-bitten-by-a-snake-it-could-cost-you-143000/

The bill included

$68k for four vials of antivenin

$56k for air-ambulance transportation.

 

"And, in the end, the family’s insurer negotiated the $67,957 antivenin bill to $44,092.87."

 

This was a reminder to me of 1) how quickly medical costs can spiral 2) The high costs of medical air transport

 

I wonder if anti-venom treatment would be tons less in Canada or Europe.

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Posted (edited)

Glad she’s Ok but why is this being posted on Cruise Critic?  This happened on a hike in Illinois (didn’t know cruise ships stopped in illinois)

Edited by Luckiestmanonearth

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Probably because people who cruise often underestimate the cost of treatment and medical evac.  

 

While the example was a hike in Illinois, the same sort of medical situation can occur in many ports and excursions.  

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On 6/13/2019 at 9:39 PM, Luckiestmanonearth said:

Glad she’s Ok but why is this being posted on Cruise Critic?  This happened on a hike in Illinois (didn’t know cruise ships stopped in illinois)

Our American Queen Mississippi trip docks in Illinois in a couple of weeks - but I do get your point!

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