A new survey by the Greenville County health care system found that patients are paying an average of $16,000 more a year than they did a year ago, thanks to new medical bills.
In the first year of the survey, the county received $3,921 in new medical payments, compared to $2,037 in 2016, according to data obtained by the Greensboro News & Post.
The county’s total medical costs jumped by $6.7 million in the first three months of this year.
The survey also showed that the number of new patients receiving care has increased in the county in the past year, from 8,838 to 9,974.
In 2016, the number was 7,934.
That number jumped to 9.5% in 2017.
The number of patients receiving services has increased by more than 8% in three years.
The county has been grappling with the fallout of the Zika virus, which has left tens of thousands of residents without drinking water, food and electricity.
The virus has killed more than 5,000 people in the region.
The Greenville News &ost reports that the county is also facing a $2.4 million deficit due to the costs of treating new cases of the virus, along with other costs that have grown during the pandemic.
The new figures also come on the heels of a similar report by the county that found the county has the fourth-highest per capita costs in the state for health care.
The health care industry’s median cost is $9,945.