Many Covid-19 patients in the United States without health insurance will face the risk of bankruptcy due to the cost of treatment of tens of thousands of dollars.
After Congress and the US government approved the $ 2,000 billion stimulus package, the people of this country were tested for corona virus for free. However, CNBC said patients infected with Covid-19 may have to pay up to $ 74,000 for treatment without health insurance.
According to a survey by the non-profit FAIR Health, Covid-19 infected patients treated in hospitals will have to pay $ 42,486-74,310 if without health insurance or their hospital is not affiliated. with the insurance company.
If hospitalized for 6 days, Covid-19 patients without health insurance will pay about 73,300 USD.
Insurance patients will pay a portion of the total payment of approximately 21,936-38,755 USD, subject to the terms of the insurance policy.
On The Hill, Allison Hoffman, a medical law lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, warned many Americans would face bankruptcy and exhaustion after receiving Covid-19 treatment at the hospital.
To date, more than 180,000 Americans are positive for the new strain of corona virus, and that number is likely to continue to rise. Meanwhile, last week more than 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits because the companies simultaneously closed down.
Ms. Hoffman affirmed that the US Congress should approve a new support package to reduce the cost of medical treatment for the American people.
“A lot of people will have to pay so much for treatment at the same time they lose their jobs. If Congress fails to act, the cost of Covid-19 treatment will push many American families into tragedy,” she warned. .
CNBC quoted expert Kim Buckey of DirectPath advising Americans who are positive for coronavirus, who have mild symptoms, to be treated at home isolation to avoid paying huge hospital fees.
Experts emphasize that Americans can save money by staying healthy, including getting enough sleep, exercising, eating healthy, washing their hands regularly, disinfecting surfaces and social spacing.