Costs for patients seeking care for COVID-19 vary dramatically from city to city within the US — and even within the same city, according to a new study from Castlight Health. Costs also vary depending on the source of care — whether a telehealth provider, primary-care doctor, urgent-care clinic or emergency room.
“While the test for COVID-19 may be made available at no cost, individuals seeking care for suspected COVID-19 may be faced with other significant out-of-pocket costs for that care,” said Maeve O’Meara, CEO of Castlight Health. “Sadly, those bills may be coming right as many Americans are losing their paychecks, creating real affordability-of-care issues. Costs vary widely across cities within the US, within cities, and depending on the site of care. During this public health crisis, it is more important than ever that people have the tools they need to find high-quality care in a timely and affordable manner.”
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