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Older Adult Falls Lead to Substantial Medical Costs

In 2015, the estimated medical costs attributable to both fatal and nonfatal falls in older US adults was approximately $50 billion.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 2:31 am EST
"Preventive strategies that reduce falls among older adults could lead to a substantial reduction in health care spending"

In 2015, the estimated medical costs attributable to both fatal and nonfatal falls in older US adults was approximately $50 billion. The findings come from a recent analysis published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

For nonfatal falls in adults aged 65 and older, Medicare paid approximately $28.9 billion, Medicaid $8.7 billion and private and other payers $12.0 billion. Overall medical spending for fatal falls was estimated to be $754 million.

“Preventive strategies that reduce falls among older adults could lead to a substantial reduction in health care spending,” wrote the authors.


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Link to Studyhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.15304/full

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Included in more than 9,000 library collections around the world, JAGS is the go-to journal for clinical aging research. We provide a diverse, interprofessional community of healthcare professionals with the latest insights on geriatrics education, clinical practice, and public policy—all supporting the high-quality, person-centered care essential to our well-being as we age

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