If you are like California patient Patricia Mason, you might be getting a bigger bill than you anticipated. Ms. Mason racked up a $1.3 Million bill after a COVID-19 hospitalization, with her portion totaling $42,184.20.
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Many patients who experienced long COVID-19 stays were issued waivers by their insurers, waiving costs for COVID-19 care.
Unfortunately for Ms. Mason, she was in the hospital for nearly one month and her employer-funded Blue Shield of California plan did not issue such waivers.
Approximately 61% of patients who get their insurance through their job are not subject to out-of-pocket limits.
The average cost of care for COVID-19 patients without insurance or with out-of-network care can vary depending on the patient’s age. The average costs by age range are as follows:
- $68,261 for patients under 20 years old;
- $51,389 for patients between 21 and 40 years old;
- $78,569 for patients between 41 and 60 years old; and
- $77,323 for patients over 60 years.
Steep bills could lead patients to avoid further medical care.
Commercial payers are bearing the majority of high COVID-19 hospital costs. Federal and state Medicaid payments are expected to range from $440 Million to $780 Million. These costs could lead to increases in future healthcare costs.
If you are aware of any of your patients having high medical bills from a lengthy COVID-19 stay and are worried about their care, you may want to reach out to them.
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