Financial effects of an influenza pandemic on US hospitals

Jason Matheny, Eric Toner, Richard Waldhorn

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Abstract

We estimate the financial effects of an influenza pandemic on US hospitals, including the cost of deferring elective admissions and the cost of uncompensated care for uninsured patients. Using US pandemic planning assumptions and national data on health care costs and revenues, a 1918-like pandemic would cause US hospitals to absorb a net loss of $3.9 billion, or an average $784,592 per hospital. Policy-makers should consider contingencies to ensure that hospitals do not become insolvent as a result of a severe pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-63
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Health Care Finance
Volume34
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bed use
  • Elective admissions
  • FluSurge
  • Hospitalization
  • Influenza pandemic
  • SARS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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