Oct 26 (Reuters) - Hospital operator HCA Healthcare Inc
said on Monday it expects to treat COVID-19 patients
throughout 2021 and that the patients will make up 4%-5% of
total admissions in the year.
The remarks were made during a post earnings conference
call, after the company reported a rise in third-quarter revenue
that exceeded analysts' expectations.
The company said higher revenue from COVID-19 patients, who
typically need more medical assistance, during the quarter
helped more than offset losses due to a decline in overall
Revenue per same-facility equivalent admission, a measure of
sales per patient staying overnight at a hospital and those
treated on an outpatients basis, rose 14.8% in the quarter ended
Sept. 30 from a year earlier.
HCA sales rose 4.8% to $13.31 billion, beating estimates of
(Reporting By Dania Nadeem and Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru;
Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)