Falls among adults age 65 and older are very costly. Each year about $50 billion is spent on medical costs related to non-fatal fall injuries and $754 million is spent related to fatal falls. 1 $29 billion is paid by Medicare $12 billion is paid by private or out-of-pocket payersWhat is the economic impact of falls in the US?
Older adult falls impose a large economic burden on the U.S. healthcare system 6. In this study, the estimated costs of fatal and nonfatal falls combined totaled approximately $50.0 billion. Almost 99% of this cost was attributable to health care for nonfatal falls.Who pays for fall injuries in America?
$12 billion is paid by private or out-of-pocket payers As the number of Americans age 65 and older grows, we can expect the number of fall injuries and the cost to treat these injuries to soar. How Are State Costs Calculated?Do fatal falls increase health care costs?
Health care costs of fatal falls were derived from secondary sources based on the average cost per case. Nonfatal falls were treated as a risk factor for increased health care spending and were estimated using regression modelling.