The cost of similar Covid-19 treatments can vary by tens of thousands of dollars a patient, even within the same hospital, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of pricing data that indicates pandemic care hasn’t escaped the complex economics of the U.S. health system. Rates for patients with a type of severe respiratory condition common among those admitted with Covid-19 spanned from less than $11,000 to more than $43,000 the analysis found. Half of the rates for intensive treatment requiring a ventilator were below $90,000, but they topped out above $200,000.
- Covid-19 Charges at Hospitals Can Vary by Tens of Thousands of Dollars, a WSJ Analysis Finds. Wall Street Journal. 3 October 2021