TORONTO – The average cost of hospitalization for a COVID-19 patient in Canada is $23,000, according to new data from the Canadian Institute of Health Information.

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This price tag goes for both ICU and non-ICU patients. By comparison, this is more than three times the average cost of someone hospitalized for a heart attack, $8,000, and almost as expensive as hospitalizing a kidney transplant patient, $27,000.

According to statistics, about $1 billion spent on hospitalized COVID-19 patients does not account for Quebec hospitalizations.

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Data shows that Canadians who were hospitalized with COVID-19 stayed in the hospital for an average of 15 days. The average hospital stay for a pneumonia patient is seven days, the press release said.

“COVID-19 patients get sick and have to stay in the hospital for a long time. The data confirms that the virus can cause a serious illness, not just a bad flu. About 1 in 4 hospitalized COVID-19 patients are admitted to the ICU and 1 in 5 die in the facility,” Nathalie Robertson, manager of financial standards and information with the Canadian Institute for Health Information, told a press release. said in the release.

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On average, the cost of a COVID-19 patient admitted to the ICU was $55,000. For COVID-19 patients who were not admitted to the ICU, the cost was $15,000. In comparison, a patient with pneumonia admitted to an ICU costs $22,000, a heart attack patient in an ICU costs an average of $8,400, and a patient with influenza costs an average of $4,959. .

Most of the hospital expenses went to compensation and supplies.