- Nearly $5.7 billion spent on ‘preventable’ Covid hospitals during three months, an analysis finds
- The researchers calculated 550,000 hospitalizations from June to August, and estimated that 287,000 could have been prevented.
- Hospitalizations could have been prevented had eligible Americans vaccinated
- About $3.7 billion was spent on preventable hospitalizations in August alone, with June costing $600 million and July at $1.4 billion.
Potentially preventable COVID-19 has cost hospitals billions of dollars, a new analysis finds.
Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) looked at Hospitalization expenses for unvaccinated people nationwide from June 2021.
Researchers estimate 287,000 have been hospitalized in the past three months, including 187,000 in August alone.
Each of these hospitals costs an average of $20,000, meaning $5.7 billion of health care spending could be prevented in the past three months.
The KFF researchers also note that this is a conservative estimate, meaning the actual cost could be even higher.
KFF analysis shows that more than $5.7 billion was spent by Americans on preventable COVID hospitalizations from June to August 2021.
Researchers estimate 287,000 have been hospitalized in the past three months, mostly unvaccinated adults. Pictured: Members of staff help a newly arriving 81-year-old COVID-19 patient settle into the ICU ward at Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, December 2020
Every adult in the US is eligible for a COVID vaccine since May, with each state fully opening up its rollout in the spring.
This means that, in practice, 250 million Americans are able to receive jabs—except for specific medical or religious circumstances that prevent it and that doesn’t include teens age 12 and older, who are also eligible.
Although many people have not got the shots yet.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 74 percent of eligible Americans have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine and 63 percent are fully vaccinated.
Adults, especially those who have not been vaccinated, are hospitalizing almost everyone with the virus.
The KFF report estimates that from June to August, 84 per cent of the 456,000 Covid-related hospitalizations of people who were not vaccinated could have been prevented.
These preventable hospitalizations caused approximately $600 million in losses in June and $1.4 billion in July.
August was a particularly brutal month for the uninsured, with more than 100,000 people hospitalized, and $3.7 billion in damages.
“The monetary cost of treating unvaccinated people for COVID-19 is borne not only by patients, but also by society more widely, including public programs funded by taxpayers and workers, businesses and individuals,” the researchers wrote. Includes private insurance premiums paid by buyers.
They also note that people with the virus may also have spread the virus more than people who were vaccinated, causing even more damage and costing more financially.
“Additionally, although breakthrough infections and hospitalizations are rare, the virus is more likely to spread among unvaccinated people who have taken measures to protect themselves and others, and those costs are included in these estimates. has not been done,” the researchers wrote.
Health officials in the US are using whatever tools they have at their disposal to vaccinate the remaining eligible Americans.
Last week, President Joe Biden signed an executive order that forces every company that has more than 100 people in the US to establish a vaccine mandate or conduct weekly tests.
They would also need to hire all federal employees and federal contractors to keep their jobs.
Additionally, any organization receiving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement must ensure that its employees are vaccinated, mandating shots for healthcare workers.