Virginia pays $219 per COVID-19 case, nearly double the national median. Maryland pays $253, and North Carolina pays a staggering $472.
A study this week found Virginia, neighboring North Carolina and Maryland all three fall into the top eight most expensive states for COVID-19 testing and treatment.
The COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing and Treatment of the Uninsured program is the long title given to a CDC reimbursement program that documents individual claims for instances of COVID-19 testing and treatment all over the U.S.
The database documents the cost of both testing and treatment involved in each claim, and the study, conducted this week by Lendingtree, analyzed the entire data set to determine the average cost per patient per COVID-19 case in every state.
North Carolina finished second-most expensive in the country, just behind New Jersey. Maryland landed at 6th and Virginia came in 8th, with each state paying significantly over the national average per COVID-19 case.
The median cost per COVID-19 case in the U.S. is $117, with some states paying as little as $8 for every person who returns a positive test.
Virginia pays $219 per case, nearly double the national median. Maryland pays $253, and North Carolina pays a staggering $472.
High rates of uninsured patients are recorded in the same states dishing out the highest dollar per positive COVID-19 test, according to expert data analyst Adam Johnson.
Virginia and North Carolina both rank higher than the national median for uninsured rates, with North Carolina reporting the 7th-highest uninsured rate at 20 percent. Virginia isn't far behind at 14 percent.
The Commonwealth of Virginia has racked nearly $40 million in COVID-19 testing and treatment claims to date.
The commonwealth is facing over $7.4 million in testing claims and over $29.4 million in treatment claims — a total of $36,911,659 from 168,772 COVID-19 cases.
North Carolina is pushing over $117 million in COVID-19 testing and treatment claims, reporting nearly 250,000 cases.
Unlike Virginia, North Carolina is one of only two states in the top ten that faces a higher bill for testing than treatment. The state has recorded over $77 million in COVID-19 testing claims and over $40 million in COVID-19 treatment claims.