Surgical professionals are paying the price of rising costs, which have forced hospitals to ration the care they provide men, according to an annual report by the United Healthcare Care Company.
The company said last month that it has cut its surgical scrub cap prices by half over the past two years and has been adding more care to hospitals since the recession.
The cost of surgical scrub is often the first factor considered when companies decide what to cut, according and a spokesman for United Healthcare said in an email.
“We recognize the critical importance of providing quality care for patients with a wide range of health care needs, including prostate cancer, colon cancer, HIV, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and other conditions,” the spokesman said.
United Healthcare is the largest medical provider in the U.S., providing health care to nearly 1.3 million people.
The report is the first in a series of annual reports that provide a snapshot of how U.C.S. hospitals are performing, including the impact of inflation on healthcare spending.
The United Healthcare report covers the first quarter of 2021.
The survey of hospitals’ overall health care spending showed that costs for care such as inpatient and outpatient procedures and inpatient care rose 15.1 percent in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period last year, according the company.
The median cost for a one-day hospital stay increased by $3,200 to $1.5 million, the company said.
The price of outpatient care for men was up 4.5 percent to $2,500.
Hospitals have been working to balance the growing costs of care with their need to operate, United Healthcare Chief Operating Officer Peter Lefebvre said in the statement.
“Today, the majority of hospital operating expenses are for inpatient, outpatient, emergency and intensive care,” he said.
“These costs will continue to grow over time as the hospital system grows, but the challenges facing hospitals will continue as they face increasing costs and pressures on capital and staff.”
The company has seen a slight rise in its costs for in-patient care, but that has come from increasing numbers of patients arriving for care.
United Hospital’s inpatient patient care, which includes emergency and long-term care, rose 6.5 to $3.4 million, a 4.3 percent increase over the same quarter last year.
Hospices are also seeing more patients requiring inpatient services.
Inpatient care for people with HIV or cancer grew 11.6 percent to 7.6 million, according United Healthcare.
The increase in inpatient patients was partly offset by declines in outpatient care.
Hospice patients are the largest group of people United Healthcare covers, accounting for about 60 percent of its overall patient population.
The hospital plans to spend $7.5 billion to $8.5 on inpatient hospital services in 2021, down from $10 billion to almost $15 billion last year when it started covering more people.
A new policy to cover people with diabetes will increase inpatient costs by more than 5 percent to about $6,300, United Hospital Chief Medical Officer Robert Lefevre said in a statement.
Lefeve said that the company plans to cover more people with the new policy, and it has also started to increase outpatient care and will increase outpatient visits by 6 percent in 2021.
United Hospitals’ new policy will cover more than 9 million people, including people with pre-existing conditions, which is a large increase from the 7 million people it covered last year and is the highest number of people covered in the past 10 years, United Health said.
U.N. workers and their families are increasingly struggling to pay their bills, and the country has seen more than 100,000 workers who were laid off last year leave the workforce to seek care.
In the U-Haul trucking industry, some U.K. workers have faced problems with their health care bills because they were not covered by health insurance.
The U.L.P. said it was investigating the issue.
“The company is working with its insurance partner to assess its coverage arrangements and is committed to delivering a positive outcome for the affected workers,” the company’s communications director said in response to questions.