Medical Bill for First Person Diagnosed With Ebola in US Could Cost $500,000: Analyst
WASHINGTON, October 9 (RIA Novosti) – The final medical bill for a Liberian native who was the first person to test positive for Ebola in the United States could range from $250,000 to as much as $500,000, a Washington D.C. health think tank analyst told RIA Novosti.
“It’s hard for hospitals to deal with these kinds of outlier situations,” said Dan Mendelson, the Chief Executive Officer of Avalere Health. “In the case of Ebola, there are the treatment costs, but also the costs of security, isolation.”
Another high cost that comes along with Ebola is disposing contaminated trash and equipment used to treat the patient.
Thomas Eric Duncan died fighting the disease at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday where he was admitted for treatment on September 28.
Avalere Health further estimated that the average cost per day for treating a patient with an infectious disease is about $10,000 and that the average cost of treatment in the intensive care unit is roughly $14,000.
It is still not clear if the Dallas hospital will charge Duncan, and if they decide to do so, who will pay for it.
Secretary of State John Kerry urged the international community Wednesday to contribute more money to the Ebola response effort in West Africa. He said that although the region has had a lot of financial help already, that Ebola is a very costly disease that requires a lot of resources such as treatment units, test labs, medical evacuation capacity and technical support.
“The fact is more countries can and must step up in order to make their contributions felt,” said Kerry during a press briefing.
Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
This is the path to a reserve currency by popular demand.
China Outlines Plan to Ease Capital Controls, Boost Yuan Use
By Bloomberg News
October 09, 2014 5:35 AM EDT
China outlined plans to allow citizens to invest in overseas stocks and property as well as let the nation’s companies sell yuan-denominated shares abroad, furthering efforts to internationalize its currency.
Chinese nationals will be able to buy equities and real estate via a Qualified Domestic Retail Investor scheme, Wang Dan, a deputy director general at the central bank, said today at a conference in Beijing. There are also talks under way to give locals access to yuan capital markets in Singapore and London, she said, without giving any start dates or sizes for the programs. Agricultural Bank of China Co. announced plans today to become the first company to offer yuan-denominated Global Depository Receipts in London.
China, which is also scheduled to start an exchange link between Hong Kong and Shanghai this month, is seeking to give its citizens more investment channels amid a slumping property market and increased risks from local wealth-management products. The world’s second-largest economy is also trying to promote use of the yuan, which ranked seventh for global payments in August from 12th a year earlier.
“It’s a continuation of yuan internationalization and capital-account liberalization,” said Yii Hui Wong, Singapore-based currency and rates strategist at BNP Paribas SA. “Singapore is a hub for Southeast Asia and the U.K. is in a different time zone altogether, connecting China to European investors. They won’t just have Hong Kong and be dependent on Hong Kong only.”
1.8 million fleeing ISIS in ‘deadly, life-threatening’ situation – UN
Published time: October 09, 2014 14:05
A total of 1.8 million people are in a “deadly, life-threatening situation” according to a UN report on Iraq. Their lives are in danger daily, while the influx of refugees is putting strain on locals – and schools have been delayed from opening.
The displaced people are being forced to take shelter wherever they can – even under bridges, and there are often not even blankets for them.
“I couldn’t bring anything with me,” refugee Sabria Suleiman told RT. “The only thing I have left is the children’s ID cards.”
Sabria’s and Ayham Suleiman fled with their family when radical Islamic State militants were attacking their settlement. They didn’t have time to take their belongings with them.
“We don’t really know what will happen. When we arrived here, we just followed other families to the school. We get no help from the authorities – we don’t even have blankets to keep us warm,” Marwan Murad Sabria, another member of the family, told RT.
Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
China plans to sign about 50 agreements with Russia
October 09, 9:25 UTC+4
BEIJING, October 9. /TASS/. Prime Minister of Chinese State Council Li Keqiang will visit Russia on October 12-14.
The two countries plan to sign around 50 inter-governmental, inter-departmental and corporate documents on different aspects of bilateral cooperation, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said.
“This will be his first visit to Moscow as the prime minister of Chinese State Council. We hope that this visit will promote stronger political trust, higher mutual support between Russia and China in the field of sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Cheng Guoping said. China also plans “to build up practical cooperation with Russia in aviation and space, energy, high-speed railways, finance, innovations and projects for infrastructure development,” he added. Beijing will “develop humanitarian exchanges, particularly during the Year of Youth Exchanges between Russia and China, as well as joint preparation for celebrations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in World War II in 2015.” “China intends to expand cooperation with Russia in international issues,” the country’s deputy foreign minister added.
During the visit, Li Keqiang will focus on developing energy cooperation with Russia, Cheng Guoping said. “Gas cooperation is an important aspect of Russian-Chinese energy cooperation. Russia and Chinese energy agencies are working closely on creating ‘a western route’ (for Russian gas supplies to China). We hope to reach progress in this issue this year,” the Chinese high-ranking diplomat noted.
Jim Sinclair’s Commentary
So it begins.
LaGuardia Airport cabin cleaners walked off the job claiming unsafe, unsanitary conditions
EXCLUSIVE: The workers, all of whom operate out of Terminal D, say they’re not properly equipped to handle the hazardous materials they regularly come into contact with — including blood, feces and hypodermic needles.
BY Rich Schapiro
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 12:38 AM
Fed up over what they say are unsafe and unsanitary working conditions, dozens of LaGuardia Airport cabin cleaners walked off the job Wednesday night.
The workers, all of whom operate out of Terminal D, say they’re not properly equipped to handle the hazardous materials they regularly come into contact with — including blood, feces and hypodermic needles.
“I have to deal with vomit, feces and a lot of chemicals, without proper equipment,” cleaner Johanna Cruz, 33 and from Queens, told the Daily News. “They give us gloves, but they might as well be made of paper because they rip so easily.”
Cruz and other workers complained they are transported to and from the planes in beat-up vans lacking seat belts. They receive little to no training for properly disposing of blood and other bodily fluids. And, they say, their pleas for better equipment are met with shrugs.
“They don’t care about our safety,” said Cruz, who like all of the striking workers is employed by Air Serv.