Are Health Insurance Premiums Affected by Healthcare-Associated Infections?

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According to a recent report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 25 hospital patients have at least one Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI). In 2011, an estimated 722,000 patients contracted an infection during a stay in an acute care hospital in the US. About 75,000 of these patients died or just over 205 deaths from healthcare-associated infections each day! The overall annual direct medical costs of HAI to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 to $33.8 billion. Health insurance companies are paying the cost of these HAIs, which directly affects the health insurance premium.

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