For Privately Insured, Half of COVID Hospitalizations Cost Over $25K

A COVID-19 hospitalization cost more than $40,000 on average for people with large-employer health coverage in 2020, according to the Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation Health System Tracker. Half of those hospital admissions cost over $25,000, and a quarter cost almost $39,000. About 38% of COVID-related hospitalizations in 2020 included an intensive care unit stay, and the average cost of such admissions was $65,569 — more than double the average amount paid for COVID admissions without an ICU stay.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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