Paul Manganella was shocked to receive a $1,000 hospital bill after having just saved a person's life and simply seeking out a coronavirus test.
Last month, Manganella witnessed a man have a heart attack while behind the wheel of a car.
Soon after, Manganella went straight to a hospital to get tested for coronavirus after saving the stranger's life. At the hospital, he was told that he could not get a COVID-19 test and would have to quarantine for 14 days.
“The paramedic looks at me, and he was like, ‘Were you wearing a mask when you gave him CPR?’ and I was like, ‘Oh no.’ We kind of had just forgotten about [the pandemic],” Manganella said.
Several weeks later, the good samaritan received a hospital bill for over $1,000. He called his insurance company who said they could pay the bill as long as it was coronavirus-related.
Manganella allegedly said the hospital would not rebill his insurance. Others said they would pay the amount, but Manganella said he wants the hospital to pay.
“It’s one of those things, like $1,000? I came in in the middle of a pandemic with another guy’s blood on my face. I wanted a test, and if I had gotten the test, I would have avoided a thousand-dollar fine,” Manganella said.
Despite the bill, Manganella said he still would have helped the man.
Cape Cod Healthcare told Boston 25 that it was an error, and Manganella no longer needs to pay the bill.