27.12.2021 – 09:23
Debeka Insurance Group
Current analysis by Debeka: More than seven percent of those insured with inpatient care with a COVID diagnosis are ventilated
Corona patients who had to be ventilated spent an average of 31 days in the hospital. Of these, they were ventilated for an average of 12.4 days. The mean inpatient stay of a person diagnosed with Corona was 12.7 days. That is the result of a current analysis by Debeka, the largest private health insurance company in Germany. To this end, the insurer carefully examined the approx. 11,000 COVID cases with inpatient stay among its 2.4 million fully insured persons since the beginning of the pandemic.
The evaluation refers to the invoices received by Debeka for inpatient services between March 2020 and the end of November 2021. Of the 11,000 insured persons with COVID disease who received inpatient care during this period, around 800 had to be ventilated, a little more than seven percent. According to the analysis, almost 70 percent of those insured with an inpatient stay were 60 years of age or older. 8.8 percent of them were ventilated. After all, 14.5 percent of those insured who were treated in hospital for corona were younger than 40 years.
Admitted to hospital with Corona
The most severely affected age group who is admitted to hospital with Corona is 60 to 79 year olds at 40.5 percent. They are followed by people over 80 with just under 29 percent and those aged 40 to 59 with a good 16 percent. 20- to 39-year-olds only make up a good nine percent of those admitted with Corona, while those under 20 only make up 5.4 percent.
Who needed ventilation
A good ten percent of 60 to 79-year-olds admitted to hospital with Corona have to be ventilated. On the other hand, there are “only” 6.7 percent in the age group of over 80-year-olds with ventilation – similar to the 40 to 59-year-olds: There are 6.5 percent among their peers.
At almost 57 percent, the age group of 60 to 79-year-olds is also the one of the inpatiently recorded COVID sufferers who have to be ventilated most frequently. The second-highest proportion of ventilated COVID patients in the hospital as a whole are those over 80 years of age, at 26.5 percent. They are followed by 40 to 59 year olds with 14.4 percent. Of the under 40-year-olds, only 2.3 percent had to be ventilated.
Bills for longer ventilation times can amount to 200,000 euros and more. In this analysis, only the cases recognized and reported in the system with a (secondary) diagnosis of Corona were evaluated.
As the first health insurer in Germany, Debeka has been offering the covidcare care program for its fully insured persons who suffer from post or long COVID since July 2021. It consists of telephone coaching that is individually tailored to the complaints, worries and experiences of those affected, and is supplemented by digital applications. In this way, long-term damage should be prevented or mitigated. An expansion of the program for people suffering from post-COVID is planned.
Graphic: Age structure of inpatient insured persons with Corona Graphic: Debeka
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