Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital has filed a $9.2 million claim against the estate of a woman who died after spending five years in the hospital, according to Hillsborough County court documents cited in an Associated Press article.
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In court documents, that’s how much the hospital says it is owed for the care of Tameka Jaqway Campbell. She died at age 29 two years ago of progressive demyelinating neuropathy, which occurs when the immune cells attack the body’s nerves.
Campbell’s mother believes the steep bill is intended to prevent her from filing a wrongful-death lawsuit against the hospital. The hospital declined to comment to the AP.
It’s unclear whether the $9.2 million in hospital charges is a record. The American Hospital Association, the Health Care Financial Management Association and numerous others did not know of anyone who keeps track of such things.
“That would have to be the biggest bill I’ve heard of,” said Alan Levine, a division president at the Naples, Fla.-based hospital chain Health Management Associates. “I’ve seen more than $1 million,” he said. “But not $9 million.”
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