SAN FRANCISCO — The hospital for the homeless in South Korean capital spent $100 million to treat four patients with the Ebola epidemic in less than a month, according to the government.
The Kaiser Permanente San Francisco hospital received a total of 7,919 confirmed and probable Ebola cases and 839 deaths from the disease, the state’s health department said Monday.
It is the first time the government has publicly reported the hospital’s spending.
Korean news media reported that the cost for the treatment of the four patients who tested positive is $3,898, or roughly $60,000.
In response to the news, South Korea said it has increased the number of beds available for treatment of patients with Ebola and announced that the government will soon increase the number for the hospital to a maximum of 5,000 beds, starting on Feb. 6.
South Korea is one of three countries where the government said Monday that the country has already spent about $500 million to combat the Ebola outbreak.