What Coronavirus Treatment Could Cost Privately Insured Patients | Healthiest Communities | US News
The analysis shows that the average pneumonia hospital admission for a person with major complications or comorbidity cost $20,292 in 2018, though costs varied across the U.S. These types of patients spent an average of $1,300 in out-of-pocket costs.
Even so, many patients face unexpected costs. For example, an estimated 18% of pneumonia patients with major complications or comorbidities admitted to an in-network hospital receive a bill for services not covered by their insurance plans, the analysis shows.
Coronavirus testing and treatment costs could prove even more burdensome for the roughly 27 million people who lack health insurance in the U.S., and it’s unclear how many people who have been tested and treated so far have coverage.
Now add the 1 million homeless, plus 10 million undocumented immigrants to the 27 to 40 million Americans with no insurance, and you get the idea of what will happen soon.
What could go wrong in a land where healthcare is considered a privilege, not a right, when a pandemic comes to town?