Medical costs of discharge of German COVID patients above 50% of pre-entry levels: study


FILE PHOTO: A patient suffering from coronavirus virus disease was treated on November 11, 2020, in the COVID-19 isolation ward of the DRK Kliniken Berlin Mitte Hospital in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS / Fabbzio Bensch

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The medical costs of German COVID-19 patients who are on average 50% higher before hospitalization, data from a major insurer showed, a sign that even those who are in full health care Have recovered the struggle to reclaim.

Study of Germany’s second largest health insurer DKV MUVGn.DEOn Sunday, Reuters looked at data from 5735 COVID-19 patients, of whom 605 were hospitalized and 49 died.

“Our evaluation shows: patients who are no longer contagious are far from healthy,” DKV Chief Executive Officer Clemens Muth told Reuters. “Corona will continue to be a burden on us in the medium term.”

The study found that coronovirus proves particularly dangerous for people with heart disease, high blood pressure or respiratory diseases.

However, 15% of patients with pre-existing conditions – who had not submitted a bill for at least two years – also had to undergo treatment in hospitals.

Reporting by Alexander Hubner; Writing by Arno Schuetze; Edited by John Harvey

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