MedCityNews: Care for the unvaccinated may be costing U.S. healthcare system $2.3B

MedCityNews: Care for the unvaccinated may be costing U.S. healthcare system $2.3B

The report, released by Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, details the high cost of Covid care for the unvaccinated. In fact, the analysis indicates the figure could be even higher than $2.3 billion, as the authors did not take into account the cost of outpatient treatment for Covid-19.

Hospital care for unvaccinated adults who contracted Covid-19 is costing the U.S. healthcare system billions, according to a new report.

Specifically, researchers estimate that in June and July, Covid-19 hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults cost the healthcare system $2.3 billion.

For the report, Kaiser Family Foundation and the Peterson Center on Healthcare analyzed Department of Health and Human Services data for estimates of hospital admissions with confirmed Covid-19. Report authors then examined data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Covid-19 hospitalizations among vaccinated people to estimate the share of hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults.

In June and July, researchers found there were 185,000 new Covid-19 patients admitted to the hospital, of which a vast majority (98.3%) were unvaccinated.

They then drilled down into the data to pinpoint the hospitalizations where patients were primarily being treated for Covid-19, rather than another condition. Based on CDC data for vaccinated patients through Aug. 2, the researchers estimated that 74% of these hospitalizations were primarily for Covid-19 treatment.

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