According to KFF officials, “The hospitalizations are also costing taxpayer-funded public insurance programs and the workers and businesses paying health insurance premiums.”

Between June and November 2021, the estimated cost of preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations among unvaccinated adults in the United States totaled $13.8 billion.

The Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker — a partnership between the Peterson Center on Healthcare and the Kaiser Family Foundation that provides information on trends, drivers, and issues that impact the performance of the heath care system — based that estimate on more than 690,000 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations of unvaccinated adults. Multiple sources estimate that the average hospitalization cost per COVID-19 patient is about $20,000.

“These COVID-19 hospitalizations are devastating for patients, their families, and health care providers,” KFF officials said. “The hospitalizations are also costing taxpayer-funded public insurance programs and the workers and businesses paying health insurance premiums.”

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