Hospitals bill insurers more than $300,000 per complex COVID-19 patient, new data show

Hospitals bill insurers more than $300,000 per complex COVID-19 patient, new data show


Hospitals bill insurers more than $300,000 for complex COVID-19 cases, which is three times more than the rate they negotiate, according to new data.

Complex COVID-19 cases, which can involve ventilation, transfusions, intensive care, among other equipment, tests and services, yield a $98,139 negotiated rate on average, new cost estimates from FAIR Health found. That compares to a $33,525 negotiated rate—including patient cost-sharing—for general COVID-19 hospitalizations and $1,008 for non-COVID-19 hospital stays.

While the gross charges have little bearing on the actual cost or quality of the care, uninsured and out-of-network patients may reap the full charges.



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