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The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States$
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Eric A. Finkelstein, Phaedra S. Corso, and Ted R. Miller

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179484

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179484.001.0001

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Lifetime Medical Costs of Injuries

Lifetime Medical Costs of Injuries

(p.56) Chapter 2 Lifetime Medical Costs of Injuries
The Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States

Eric A. Finkelstein

Phaedra S. Corso

Ted R. Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the lifetime medical costs of injuries. Cost estimates are divided into three mutually exclusive categories that reflect the severity of injury: (1) injury resulting in death, including deaths occurring within and outside a healthcare setting; (2) injury resulting in hospitalization with survival to discharge; and (3) injury requiring medical attention without hospitalization. The latter category includes injuries requiring an emergency department visit, an office-based visit, or a hospital outpatient visit. Injuries that were not severe enough to require medical attention are not included in the calculations. The costs of injuries across these mutually exclusive categories are summed up to quantify total lifetime medical costs.

Keywords:   injury, economic burden, medical costs, incidence of injuries, cost estimates

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