The Cost of Treating COVID-19 Patients In Hospital Is Massive

The Cost of Treating COVID-19 Patients In Hospital Is Massive

Treating COVID-19 is proving to be costly for the hospital system. Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows the average cost for patients being treated for COVID in hospital is $23,000 dollars, which is four times higher than a patient with influenza. And the cost for a COVID patient treated in the intensive care unit can climb to an estimated $50,000 dollars. That compares to an average $8,000 tab for a pneumonia patient, who often doesn’t spend as long in hospital as someone with coronavirus. The report covers data from January 2020 to March 2021, but does not include doctors’ fees.

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