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Preventable covid hospital costs

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    Posted: September 14 2021 at 12:08pm

https://twitter.com/kff/status/1437761810048946178?s=12


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Based on our estimates, described below, we find preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations cost $5.7 billion from June to August in 2021.

We used counts of adult hospitalizations with confirmed COVID-19 in recent months reported to HHS to estimate preventable hospitalization costs for unvaccinated adults. We focus on hospitalizations of adults (ages 18+) with COVID-19 because many children are still ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and even those minors who are eligible may need parental consent to get the vaccine. We made assumptions that result in a conservative estimate of costs attributable to preventable, unvaccinated hospitalizations.

Over 280,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations could have been prevented by vaccination between June to August 2021

Preventable COVID-related hospitalization costs for unvaccinated people in the U.S., June-August 2021


June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

Total

New hospital admissions of adult patients with confirmed COVID-19

60,000

125,000

345,000

530,000

Estimated share of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 who were unvaccinated

86.0%

86.0%

86.0%

86.0%

Estimated number of unvaccinated adults hospitalized for COVID-19

51,000

108,000

297,000

456,000

Estimated share of hospitalizations primarily for COVID-19

75%

75%

75%

75%

Estimated number of unvaccinated adults hospitalized primarily for COVID-19

39,000

81,000

222,000

342,000

Estimated share of unvaccinated hospitalizations for COVID-19 that were preventable

84%

84%

84%

84%

Estimated number of preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations

32,000

68,000

187,000

287,000

Approximate cost per COVID-related hospital admission

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

$20,000

Estimated preventable cost for unvaccinated COVID-related adult hospitalizations

$0.6 Billion

$1.4 Billion

$3.7 Billion

$5.7 Billion

Note: Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

Source: KFF analysis of CDC, CMS, and HHS Protect data Get the data PNG

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