Analysis: Treating Unvaccinated Cost $5.7 Billion Over Past 3 Months

Analysis from data over the past three months estimates that the costs for treating preventable hospitalizations due to COVID-19 come to about $5.7 billion. Researchers believe that figure to be a conservative estimate.

From CNN:

The data analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation found, using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as studies on health care costs, that each preventable Covid-19 hospitalization costs about $20,000.

According to KFF’s analysis of data from the US Department of Health and Human Services and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US saw 287,000 preventable Covid-19 hospitalizations from June to August.

The study authors used “preventable” hospitalizations to refer to hospitalizations of unvaccinated adults for Covid-19 treatment primarily, while accounting for any post-vaccination infections that would have been expected if this population had been vaccinated.

The study didn’t take into account any outpatient care costs.

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