NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – Patients at a New York City hospital are getting billed for tens of millions of dollars because of a computer error.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi On The Story

Unemployed doorman Alexis Rodriguez says he almost became ill when he received a $44.8 million bill from the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.

Rodriguez tells the New York Daily News that he was hospitalized last spring with pneumonia and was afraid the bill was legit.

Turns out the company that prepares the bills had mistakenly put the invoice number in the space where the invoice amount should go.

The billing company is telling patients to ignore the multimillion-dollar bills. It says it will send out corrected ones.

The hospital didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday, which is a holiday.

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  2. Donata says:

    The sad part is the poor guy thought that might actually be the real amount he owed. Says a lot about outrageous hospital bills.

  3. Bullett says:

    Hospitals aren’t suppose to make errors, they bury them.

    1. Ann Mason says:

      Unfortunately, that’s often true. However, I hope the patients in this case were notified quickly, so they didn’t have time to develop stress-related illnesses because of it. It’s horrifying to think of what something like that could do to someone who is terribly fragile to start with.

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