News Coronavirus watch17 Nov 2020

Germany:Medical costs for surviving COVID patients soar

| 17 Nov 2020

Medical costs of German COVID-19 patients who have left hospitals are on average 50% higher than before they were admitted according to a study conducted by German health insurer DKV.

DKV, Germany’s second-largest health insurer, analysed the data of 5,735 COVID-19 patients of whom 605 were hospitalised and 49 died. This analysis revealed that even those who have recovered are struggling to regain full health.

DKV chief executive Clemens Muth told Reuters, “Our evaluation shows - patients who are no longer infectious are far from being healthy. Corona will continue to burden us in the medium term.”

The study has shown that the coronavirus is especially dangerous for people with heart disease, high blood pressure or respiratory diseases.

Moreover, 15% of the patients with no pre-existing conditions – those who had not submitted any bills for at least two years – also had to be treated in hospitals.

Germany's federal government and states are considering new COVID-19 measures to halt the rise in infections, such as dramatically reducing the number of people at household gatherings and compulsory mask wearing for school students.

A draft document of the measures also said people would be urged to abstain from private parties completely until Christmas.

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