What you need to know about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak
The new coronaviruses have forced hospitals to ramp up their screening procedures, and the cost of treating patients has skyrocketed.
But a new report says the biggest impact is on the poorest, most vulnerable residents of the country.
It comes from an analysis of the data released by the Canadian Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
The CICAUC study says that the cost to hospitals and health-care providers for screening has jumped from $8 million in 2016 to $23 million in 2018.
The report also says the cost for treating patients rose by 30 per cent from $9 million in the previous year to $22 million.
The study found that between July 1 and August 31, 2019, the cost per day for health-provider staff to treat the patients was $16,867.
That cost, it says, “grew by $6,700 per day in 2018, while the cost inpatient hospital stays rose by $7,100 per day.”
The report says this is a result of the increasing number of patients being admitted to hospitals.
It says that by 2020, there will be 5.7 million people in Canada with an underlying condition that is related to COVID and that, in the current year, this will increase to 11.7.
Millions of Canadians are in acute care beds and will need to be cared for in hospitals.
And that cost will rise further.
That’s because the study says, among other things, that the costs of treating the patients will rise even further if the new coronas outbreaks continue to spread.
The authors of the CICAUP study say that they want to make it clear that the real cost of COVID treatment will be passed on to the taxpayers and the health-consumers.
“We don’t want the health system to be financially penalized for the care that is required to protect us,” said Jennifer Laidler, a senior research scientist at the University of British Columbia.
“But the health care system has to respond to the public health emergency that we’re in and that’s what we’re trying to do.”
The authors say that, by 2020-21, the average cost per person will be $22,000.
“This is going to be a real issue for a lot of people in this country,” said Laidlers co-author Mark Sosnowski.
“The cost of care is going up because the pandemic is coming to Canada and we have to pay a lot more for that.”
Laiders study also found that the average number of hours a person spends in a hospital will increase by 20 per cent.
And the cost will increase 10 per cent for people in nursing homes.
“If we continue to see this growth, it’s going to have a direct impact on those who need treatment most,” said Sosnsowski.
This report was conducted by researchers from the University.
They looked at all the data on coronaviral cases, deaths, emergency department visits and hospitalizations in Canada for the year 2020-23.