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FAIR Health Brief: Projected Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the US Healthcare System

The total charges for hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the U.S. could reach as high as $1.45 trillion, according to a new analysis published March 25 by Fair Health, writes Becker’s Hospital Review.

The study uses incidence estimates from public health experts as well as historical charges from flu and pneumonia codes to project the economic cost of the pandemic on the U.S. health system.
Fair Health said its analysis is based on its expectation that 66 million to 198 million people in the U.S. may become infected with the novel coronavirus and that about 4.9 million to 19.8 million may need inpatient care. 

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