COVID-19 has taken the whole world into its grip in 2019. This is a new virus that started in China and has a deteriorating impact on the economy of China and leads this chain to the whole world. Everything has just faced instant destruction due to this novel coronavirus, either it is personal, economical, or medical functioning.
There are also the people who are in need to settle their bills in the field of medical billing, and hospitals are trying their best to aid and find out the solution to manage the uninsured patients. Moreover, before the happening of this pandemic, various hospitals were already making efforts to figure out their reimbursement from those patients who are unable to pay. They were working without knowing facts that there is another emergency coming on their way.
Virus Spread Risk Due to Increased Costs of Medical Bills
Usually, going to doctors is much help, but in the present conditions, it is becoming more painful and expensive to visit the doctor, even the patients with COVID-19 may stay at home and try to get well on their own to save money. This is also practiced because going to the hospital means you have to spend almost $1,000 a day. So, this may cause the people to stay at home, but it is not the solution because many cases have spread more fastly in this way. It is quite so clear that if an infected person stays at home, he may affect his family members and his community because this is a viral disease. It spread quickly from one infected person to another without any delay. An infected person may affect his family members, and the rest of the family members go to other places without knowing that they are carrying the virus to themselves. That is why the government is looking for COVID-19 testing seriously to make testing easier and accessible for people.
Coronavirus Funding VS. Financial Problems
In the recent stimulus bills, it was stated that uninsured patient’s bills should be paid to hospitals by the funding. Still, practical implementation was not found because the administration has not got the payments. They are already managing to get money from the uninsured accounts, and these new payments and burdon of services will not going to solve these issues, instead of creating the mess for the medical billing companies. There are almost nine million Americans who have been receiving subsidies to aid the cost of health insurance. On the other hand, hospitals are still trying to get their cost of treating uninsured patients but fails to do so. All the focus put on the COVId-19 treatment. The rest of the illnesses and medical bills are pending, which causes a more significant imbalance between the management of costs in hospitals.
What about Employment-based Health Insurance Problems in this Pandemic?
In America, most of the peopl do not have personal health insurance. They got it from their employers. COVID-19 has wrenched the economy to the chaos, and eventually, employers are decreasing the employees. So, this ha created also an issue among the people who were on a job health insurance. After the loss of their job, they can’t enjoy the medical insurance benefits due to the business lay off. These sudden unemployed persons have got fired from a job as well as from healthcare insurance. This has put an increase in the people who are not having health insurance. The stimulus package also focuses on keeping the people on their work, so they do not have the loss of jobs as well as health insurance benefits. But, this takes time until the stimulus loans arrive at the employers, and they keep the payroll in action despite reducing the employees.
All the reasons are evoking the hospitals to hold the medical bills, but they can be eliminated through proper management. Employment and health insurance issues are interrelated. Probably this pandemic may change the whole scenario of medical billing and help hospitals to function without any delay to billing.
Role of Government Funding & Reality Practices
The threat of coronavirus has made the government set the funding to help people in different ways. The federal government has provided the funds to transfer to the states. As this issue is a pandemic state, so there are no already designed processes, which makes the administrators wait until the refunds arrive at them, and they help people. Usually, there is an amount that should be shared with each state, but how much they will get is another question. Some of the facts involve the funding divisions can be based on the population, reported cases, and treating cases. Moreover, politics is also vigilant in these circumstances, excluding the doctors and administrators from the funding scenario.