HUS: Unvaccinated Covid patients could cost district €1bn

The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) said the average cost of treating a Covid patient was just over 16,000 euros.

HUS noted that the calculations do not include related extra costs of short term sick leave, follow-up health checks, long term treatment, nor the burden placed on the treatment of other patients and illnesses. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

The Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District (HUS) has estimated that treatment costs for unvaccinated Covid-19 patients in the region could reach one billion euros.

Serving a populous region including the capital area, HUS is Finland's largest hospital district, and based its calculations on the assumption that every unvaccinated person will eventually get Covid, with a portion of them ending up requiring hospital treatment.

According to their math, that means nearly 64,000 people will need hospital care for Covid in the coming years.

The district said the average cost of treating a Covid patient was just over 16,000 euros.

However, it also noted that the calculations do not include related extra costs of short term sick leave, follow-up health checks, long term treatment, nor the burden placed on the treatment of other patients and illnesses.

On Tuesday, HUS said there were still 455,000 people in the district who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19. The district also began publishing the vaccination status of patients being treated for Covid.