Q: Are hospitals inflating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths so they can be paid more?

A: Recent legislation pays hospitals higher Medicare rates for COVID-19 patients and treatment, but there is no evidence of fraudulent reporting.

It has been rumored that the hospitals get paid extra for COVID-19 patients. Currently Medicare pays $13,000 when a patient get admitted to the Hospital and $39,000 if they patient gets put on a ventilator. Is there some fraud going on? Where ever there is money there is fraud. But there is no evidence of fraud at this time.

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Q: If you are tested positive, does that mean you have COVID-19.

A: Not always, there is a chance a positive result means that you have antibodies from an infection with a virus from the same family of viruses called Coronaviruses, such as the one that causes the common cold.

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