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COVID-19 medical bills: What patients can expect to pay

Health care workers outside the emergency room at

Health care workers outside the emergency room at NYU Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola on April 8. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Many, if not most, of those infected with the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 will suffer through its symptoms at home and recover. But thousands of people have symptoms so severe that they are admitted to hospitals, where many endure days and weeks receiving complex care in intensive care units. Eventually, the bills for such costly care will come due.

What can patients expect now?

I just lost my job and my insurance. What if I am hospitalized with COVID-19?

Are COVID-19 patients having to pay their deductibles, copays and coinsurance?

Can COVID-19 patients getting emergency treatment be hit with high bills from out-of-network providers?

What is a typical bill for a COVID-19 hospitalization?

Have patients started to receive any bills yet?

Since so many patients are probably on Medicare, will they face bills of 20% of cost if they don’t have supplemental insurance? 

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