Miranda Erlanson, a middle-school teacher from Austin, Texas, has been experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 since March 2020. She spoke with CNBC about her experience trying to navigate the health-care system and handling the financial burden of her medical bills. “Even for people with insurance, affordability is an issue,” she added.
“We can’t breathe from the bills, and we can’t breathe because we can’t breathe,” she said.
CNBC spoke with three Americans about their experience paying for their Covid treatment. Watch the video above to learn how coronavirus treatment costs can add up long after a patient leaves the hospital. “The aftercare expenses have actually been just as significant as the expenses for inpatient care,” said Joe Babaian, a pharmaceutical industrial researcher who was hospitalized for coronavirus in December 2020. “That’s the thing with Covid. It keeps on digging that financial hole. It’s not just a hospital stay.”
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