Unvaccinated COVID patients cost the U.S. health system billions of dollars
This analysis seeks to quantify the number of hospitalizations that could have been prevented by vaccination and the total cost of these hospitalizations. It estimates that there were a total of 690,000 vaccine-preventable COVID-19 hospitalizations form June through November 2021, a period that overlaps with the delta variant surge. It estimates that the preventable costs of treating these patients iat $13.8 billion during the six-month period.
The analysis is available on the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.