If you’re hospitalized with COVID-19 and don’t have insurance, you’ll likely owe $73,000. One chart shows how broken the system is for the most vulnerable.

A trip to the hospital for coronavirus treatment may set you back (many) thousands.

A recent report by healthcare cost database FAIR Health, which looked at the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the healthcare system, found that a six-day inpatient stay for treatment of coronavirus symptoms would cost 100% of the price for someone without insurance: a whopping average of $73,300. (The same would apply if you stay in a hospital outside of your insurance network and your insurance plan doesn’t have out-of-network benefits.) There are 27 million Americans without insurance, despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The analysis considered nearly 18 million people under age 65 who used employer health plan claims.



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