Almost 64 million euros in one month, that is over 750 million euros per year in perspective. the high cost of hospitalization to treat unvaccinated people who fall ill with Covid. A cost borne by the National Health Service, and then to the Regions who then use the taxes paid by taxpayers. The data emerge from a study by the High School of Economics and Management of Health Systems (Altems) of the Catholic University, which took into consideration the days from 20 August to 19 September 2021. Period in which 5,798 non-immunized people ended up in medical area and 691 in intensive care, in all 6489. The expenditure was exactly 63,811,181 euros, of which, 46,501,415 for hospitalizations in the medical area and 17,309,766.11 in intensive care.
The average hospital stay
In the analysis, the number of days of average hospital stay was differentiated, as for the costs, based on the severity of the patient: 11.3 days for patients who spend their hospitalization entirely in the medical area (Internal Medicine, Pneumology, Infectious diseases), and 14.9 for those who need intensive care. The daily cost of hospitalized patients was estimated at 709.72 euros, while for intensive care of 1.680,59 euro. Not only that: the report points out that 94% of the unvaccinated hospitalized would not have been hospitalized in the medical area if they had been immunized. And 96% would have avoided hospitalization in a critical area.
Two different pandemics
We are faced with two different pandemics that run together – reads the report – in fact, by evaluating the weekly incidence per 100 thousand inhabitants, calculated by keeping the unvaccinated population separate, vaccinated with a single dose and with two inoculations, we see that infections in the immunized population stop at 24.98 per 100 thousand inhabitants per week, while in the unvaccinated population the incidence of 140.36 per 100 thousand inhabitants.
The analysis then notes that in terms of hospitalizations, considering the unvaccinated people, every week 12.19 people per 100 thousand inhabitants end up in the medical area and 1.42 people per 100 thousand inhabitants in intensive care. At the same time, among the vaccinated, 1.51 people per 100 thousand inhabitants are hospitalized in the medical area and 0.11 people per 100 thousand in intensive care.
Highest lethality in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Campania
As for the situation last week, Altems researchers note that in relation to the lethality rate (death ratio on positives) the highest figure is recorded in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Campania. Mortality (ratio of deaths to population) equal to 0.42%, a decrease compared to the data of 27/09 (0.54 x 1,000). The highest figure is recorded in Sicily at 1.03% followed by Calabria at 0.75% and Tuscany at 0.68%.