This is a very bad month for Todd Fassler. First, his “pet” rattlesnake bit him while he was trying to immortalize their relationship in a selfie, then he went through a absolutely horrific experience at the hospital, due to the extent of the bite, that almost got him killed, and ultimately he was slammed with a whopping $153 K hospital bill. That is a true series of unfortunate events.
Everybody was shocked to hear of his situation, by both the odd surroundings of his infamous snake selfie and the gigantic medical bill he now has to pay.
Firstly, deciding to take in a rattlesnake that he reportedly found in the bushes, as a pet was an immensely imprudent idea, given the fact that he was not exactly a snake expert and that rattlesnakes are quite well known for “qualities” that make them absolutely horrible pets.
Secondly, it seems that he managed to get himself bitten so badly that he needed such a large amount of anti venom, that two hospitals were left without the medicine completely. And it would seem that it is frowned upon to essentially deplete two hospitals of their anti-venom reserves, but that was actually not the fact that led to Todd Fassler huge hospital bill.
It appears that the anti venom market is quite unilaterally oriented to one single production company, which essentially gives it the power to raise the price of the medicine as high as they see fit to. Due to the complete lack of competition, this one company can make one single vial of anti venom go for as much as $5000. And considering that the usual dose requires at least 12 vials, it all amounts to a very steep medical bill for any snake bite victim out there, most of which is comprised of pharmaceutical bills.
Therefore, all the publicity that has come to the Tedd Fassler case should be put to good use so that the public could be made aware of the anti venom market situation. This would be extremely useful, so that viable solutions for this problem are found and implemented as soon as possible, so that the financial outcome of a snake bite is not similar to the traumatic event itself anymore in the near future.
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