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Futurity: Hospital Care for COVID Could Cost You Thousands

Futurity recently published insight co-authored by Rena Conti, Associate Professor in the Department of Markets, Public Policy and Law, on the topic of her recent research study on the costs of COVID-19 and associated insurance waivers in 2021.

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October 21, 2021

Futurity recently published insight co-authored by Rena Conti, Associate Professor in the Department of Markets, Public Policy and Law, on the topic of her recent research study on the costs of COVID-19 and associated insurance waivers in 2021. The authors found that while insurers claim vaccines have been made available enough to justify charging unvaccinated COVID-19 patients for hospital bills, there is still a large gap in who is eligible for the vaccine. The study also suggests that insurer cost-sharing waivers for COVID-19 hospitalizations don’t always cover all hospitalization-related care.

The authors also found significant potential for the threat of high costs to lead to a delay in care for the severely ill, which could lead to death, suggesting federal policymakers could require insurers to waive costs of COVID-19 hospitalization-related care throughout the pandemic. However, the authors state this may be unlikely given widespread anger against the unvaccinated.

Read the full article here.

Rena M. Conti is an Associate Professor at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. From 2006 through June 2018, Professor Conti was an Associate Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the University of Chicago Medical School and the Harris School of Public Policy. She is a health economist and her research focuses on the organization, financing and regulation of medical care. She has written extensively on the pricing, demand and supply of prescription drugs.