The Cost To Treat The Unvaccinated: $5 Billion And Rising

By Bruce Japsen, Contributor
Dr Delkhah Shahin checks on a 34 year old, unvaccinated Covid-19 patient at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California on September 2, 2021. - According to Dr. Yadegar at the hospital, the number of covid patients are significantly less than they were in winter, but from a psychological standpoint it's much more difficult because most of the patients in the ICU on respirators are unvaccinated, younger and healthier 30 and 40 year olds without comorbidities. Vaccinated patients at the hospital are typically older, but the Covid-19 effects are much milder compared to the unvaccinated patients that have more severe symptoms. (Photo by Apu GOMES / AFP) (Photo by APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images

The preventable costs of hospitalizations from those unvaccinated against the Coronavirus has topped $5 billion since June, according to a new report.

An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation of data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 32,000 “preventable Covid-19 hospitalizations” in June, another 68,000 in July and 187,000 in August from unvaccinated adults in the U.S.

“In August, the new analysis estimates that the preventable costs of treating unvaccinated patients in hospitals total $3.7 billion, almost twice the estimates for June and July combined,” a report on the Kaiser analysis released Tuesday said. “The total preventable costs for those three months now stand at an estimated $5.7 billion.”

The analysis comes as President Biden works to get more Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 amid a surge of cases of the virus and its highly contagious Delta variant. The Biden White House last week announced a series of steps to vaccinate more Americans through mandates and other measures.

Meanwhile, the costs to treat unvaccinated Americans rises with every hospitalization, which myriad scientific studies show could be prevented through vaccination against the virus. All three vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson prevent hospitalization and death, studies show.

“If each of these preventable hospitalizations cost roughly $20,000, on average, that would mean these largely avoidable hospitalizations have already cost billions of dollars since the beginning of June,” the Kaiser analysis shows.


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