The authors call on insurers to reinstate waivers for COVID-related hospitalizations to reduce the financial toll on patients.

The physical effects of COVID-19 may ease after patients leave the hospital, but the financial impact often continues.

“Although post-discharge out-of-pocket costs were modest for most COVID-19 survivors, about 10% of patients paid more than $2,000,” said Dr. Kao-Ping Chua, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. “These costs will be on top of the large bills for COVID-19 hospitalization that patients are not getting, owing to the expiration of insurer cost-sharing waivers. The collective costs of hospitalization and care after discharge could result in financial toxicity for thousands of Americans.”

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