The average cost of hospitalization under the Medicare program for COVID-19 elderly Americans was about 22 thousand dollars. At the same time, for seriously ill patients, the cost of treatment was much higher, according to a study conducted by specialists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The researchers published their work in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
The study affected 28 million Americans who used the Medicare program вЂ” that is, those whose age is 65 years and above. Of these, 4% received medical care due to coronavirus infection. For those treated at home, the cost of one outpatient appointment was $164.
23% of the patients were hospitalized. On average, $21,752 was spent on each such patient between April and December 2020. For those who needed artificial lung ventilation devices, the cost of treatment reached an average of $49,441. The cost per deceased patient was $32,000. According to the researchers, more men were hospitalized as a percentage. Also, the proportion of people with black skin color and people from Asia was higher. The cost of treatment for them was also higher. The average duration of hospitalization was 9.2 days.
In total, the national Medicare insurance program allocated $6.3 billion for hospitalizations and outpatient appointments for patients with coronavirus in 2020.
To date, about 600 thousand Americans have died of COVID-19. The age of 80% of them was 65 years and above, the CDC said.