The Free Ride Is Over. Insurance Companies Start Charging For Steep Covid Medical Costs

Another Reason To Get A Shot  It's Expensive Having Covid.  Even If They Let You In The Door At Providence, You'll Have To Pay Your ...

Another Reason To Get A Shot 

It's Expensive Having Covid.

 Even If They Let You In The Door At Providence, You'll Have To Pay Your Co-Pays and Deductibles 

America's major insurance companies have been really great. In 2020, they announced they would waive co-pays and deductibles if you had Covid. 

Many people who got deadly ill, and survived the hospitals and ventilators, thought it was bad enough just being sick. The insurance companies agreed, and refrained from billing them the many thousands of dollars that represented their customers' contracted share of the bills. 

But Covid is sticking around, and the insurance companies have decided that this isn't how you make money.

So if you have insurance now, and you get Covid, you will be back in that murky world where you get out of the hospital, and come home to a kitchen table's worth of hospital bills that you must now find a way to pay off, or else. 

At this point, though, Alaska's hospitals aren't open to a lot of people anyway (whether you have money to pay for emergency and intensive care or not) due to the hordes of Alaskans stricken by the Covid pandemic. 

Providence Hospital has volunteer panels of doctors who are on round-the-clock triage duty, sorting through incoming patients to see which ones are most likely to live, and would benefit most by being taken care of.  

So that's the first hurdle. Let's say you get Covid, or break a leg, or have a heart attack. Will anybody even see you? 

The tens of thousands of dollars you'll owe in co-pays and deductibles will follow later. If you're lucky enough to get in the hospital.

Vaccinations and testing programs remain free to anybody who is eligible.  







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