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Does Medicaid pay hospitals more if a patient has Covid-19 and needs a ventilator?

Does Medicaid pay hospitals more if a patient has Covid-19 and needs a ventilator?

Of course they are! Although some people are interpreting this as some sort of conspiracy. It’s not. It costs more to treat highly infectious disease that requires isolation. It costs more to treat a patient in ICU. It costs more to take care of a patient on ventilator. It is rather unlikely that any hospital would be wasting scarce resources such as PPE and ventilators on patients that do not need it.

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