The costs of treating unvaccinated people for coronavirus infections were $5.7 billion between June and August, a new report from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation has concluded. In the world of health care, that might not be much. Americans spent about $3.8 trillion on health care in 2019, so $5.7 billion represents just 0.15 percent of overall health care spending.
But in the world that most of us live in, $5.9 billion is a lot. It represents a staggering loss that didn’t have to happen.