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COVID swap being inserted into vial In the Southern, Midwestern and Western states, age groups from 19 to 30 and 31 to 40 represented a larger share of claim lines. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A recent study by FAIR Health analyzing the cost of hospitalizing COVID-19 patients by age, geographic region and coexisting medical conditions showed that treatment for younger patients was somewhat lower than for older ones, while in some areas — particularly the Western states — costs fluctuated widely, rising sharply for older patients. 

The study analyzed private health care claims data from January through May, revealing that on a national level the median amount charged for treating a COVID-19 patient ranged from $34,662 for patients aged 23 to 30, and $45,683 for those aged 51 to 60. 

Greg Land

Greg Land covers topics including verdicts and settlements and insurance-related litigation for the Daily Report in Atlanta.

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