Dr. Andy

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Trauma costs

According to the Feb 4th Lancet, the US now spends more on trauma care ($71.6 billion per year) than on cancer ($48.4B) or heart disease ($67.4B) I wouldn't of guessed that. Presumably spending a bit more on prevention would be cost effective

2 Comments:

At 4:18 PM, Anonymous Bad Shift said...

Except that the increased expense probably doesn't reflect the severity of injuries, but rather the severity of the perceived need to exlude injuries.

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger ollie said...

A couple of questions:

does this include military related health care spending? (or VA)

I wonder how much of this is due to automoblie accidents (though China has more of these than we do) and how much is due to firearms.

Seeing a breakdown would be interesting.

 

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