‘This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide in the US’: viral post

By | April 18, 2019

An attempt at suicide could cost you more than your life: An Oklahoma man shared an image to Twitter of his one-week, $ 93,000 hospital bill after an attempt to take his own life.

Oliver Jordan, 21, shared the bill Monday night and garnered more than 25,000 likes and hundreds of responses.

“This is how expensive it is to attempt suicide in the US,” Jordan wrote in the Tweet.

His followers were shocked, but some weren’t surprised: “In 2017 I was in the psych ward cause I was suicidal. I stayed a weekend. I’m now 10k in debt,” one response read. Another wrote, “I think mine was ~*only*~ $ 32,000.”

Jordan, who works as a legal assistant in Tulsa, O.K., tells The Post that he’s lucky to have insurance, and that his out of pocket expenses come out to about $ 2,850 for the traumatic night last summer. But “for someone who couldn’t afford insurance, this would be utterly catastrophic,” he says.

Charges from Oliver Jordan’s visit came out to more than $ 93,000.

Items like laboratory work cost Jordan more than $ 29,000 while respiratory services cost more than $ 16,000.

While Jordan’s case is extreme, the typical tab for an emergency room visit is still hard to fathom.

The average visit costs $ 1,917, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, which looked at data from 2016. A different study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that some hospitals have markups of more than 1000 percent.

Jordan says he wasn’t thinking of the enormous hospital bill the night it happened — “I was unconscious before the ambulance arrived.” But even before his attempt, the thought alone of navigating “mental healthcare caused me to delay seeking treatment.”

Now, he says the stress of his outstanding medical bills, as well as more recent bills, is “constant.”

“Receiving bills and notices for something that will likely take me years to pay off is…disheartening,” he says. “It leaves a hopeless feeling.”

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