21-year-old left with $93K hospital bill after a suicide attempt
A transgender man who attempted to take his own life has shared the hospital bill for $93,000 he received after treatment.
Oliver Jordan, a 21-year-old who works as a legal assistant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, attempted suicide after struggling with his mental health in the summer of 2018. He spent one week in the hospital, where the costs quickly racked up, and upon leaving he was shocked by how expensive his healthcare had been.
This week, he took to Twitter to share an image of the hospital bill he received, captioning it: "This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide in the US." The post quickly went viral, reigniting the longstanding debate over the benefits of the American healthcare system.
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In a later follow-up post, Oliver wrote: "Charging almost a hundred thousand dollars to someone after a Suicide attempt is not only unethical, but entirely counterproductive."
The laboratory work cost Oliver more than $29,000, while respiratory services cost more than $16,000. Luckily, the majority of the costs of treatment were already covered by Oliver's insurance. Yet despite this, his out-of-pocket expenses still totalled $2,850 as a result of his suicide attempt and subsequent hospitalisation.
A number of Twitter users commented on the outrageous expense of Oliver's treatment. For instance, someone with the handle @divineorb wrote: "My hospital bill was about the same, and i had to pay a few thousand after insurance. luckily i was only 18 and unemployed so i was able to get financial assistance but not everyone is that lucky. the last thing someone needs after a suicide attempt is a giant bill. [sic]"
In a later interview with the New York Post, Oliver stated: "For someone who couldn’t afford insurance, this would be utterly catastrophic ... Receiving bills and notices for something that will likely take me years to pay off is disheartening. It leaves a hopeless feeling."
If you or anyone else you know has been affected by the issues raised in this article, then please don't hesitate to call the Samaritans on 116 123, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255.