You may have heard about Bey and Jay-Z’s rumored $1.3 million hospital bill for renovations to an “exclusive recovery area” in Manhattan’s already swanky Lenox Hill Hospital in preparation for Blue Ivy Carter’s birth. However, you don’t have to be The Queen of Everything or start knocking out walls at your local Urgent Care facility to rack up a large bill at the following super-pricey hospitals.
1. The Med Star Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C.
If you happen to stay in the Northwest Wing at The Med Star Washington Hospital, the largest private hospital in Washington D.C., you’ll be able to enjoy a floor of deluxe suites designed to look and feel like five-star hotel rooms. These suites feature fine art decorating the walls, thick carpeting, spacious tiled bathrooms, gourmet meals provided by an in-house chef, and gorgeous views of the National Cathedral and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Med Star also offers concierge and business services.
2. Wooridul Spine Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.
If you live in the average New York City apartment (or similar), the deluxe rooms at Wooridul Spine Hospital will make going home seem like a let-down. The rooms are furnished with high-end furniture, including two beds, a couch and tea tables. The even provide a parallel computer. The Hospital is recognized as one of the best medical tourism facilities in the world and performs roughly 20,000 spine surgeries a year.
3. Mediclinic City Hospital in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The twelve opulent suites on the VIP floor at the Mediclinic City Hospital in Dubai probably makes the Ritz look like a run-down motel. Patients and their families have bestowed a private entrance and elevator, valet service, unlimited access to an indoor spa and gym, private butlers and a customized, delicious meal menu.
4. Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Patients lucky enough to heal in one the nineteen state-of-the-art suites at Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Eleven West Pavilion enjoy gourmet meals prepared with organic ingredients while overlooking gorgeous views of Central Park. And as they go, Belgian chocolates are offered as a parting gift.
On average, these rooms gross the hospital $1 million a year in rent.
5. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, California.
Hollywood celebrities may be spotted convalescing at one of the thirty-two suites on the eighth floor of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood, California.
Widely regarded as the world’s most high-end hospital, the prices start at $1,000 per day per private suite and $3,000 per day for one of the four luxury maternity suites. The suites come with a personal assistant, a view of the Hollywood Hills, original Picasso paintings on the walls, and a gourmet chef preparing meals. Running into your favorite celeb in the hallways is, of course, free.
Of course, wealthy or poor, we would hope that the occasions for prolonged hospital stays are few and far between.