Which tells me you must've thought his life was worth at least that much.
Now, ALSO figure in the cost of the surgeon's education, that of the nurses and techs, the wages/salaries of them all, the cost of supplies (ObamaoCare taxes those too now, you know), the cost of building and the utilities which enable it to function. All that and more adds into the total cost.
As to the 'poor', give me a break. It was the GOVERNMENT which FORCED ERs to give care no matter what-that drove up costs immediately. NOBODY who needs care is EVER denied it, health insurance or no. Previously, care was STILL given. And now, we have a never ending stream of illegals ALSO burdening the system.