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Taxpayers Pick Up the Check for Fall Related Injuries

A recent article by Nary W. Carter and Frank PorellĀ in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society estimates that every year 6.4 million people over the age of 65 suffer injuries requiring medical attention. Medicare spends 8 billion dollars per year on medical expenses related to these incidents. 67% of the injuries relate to falls. Besides the devastating effects that falls have on the injured person and their families, ultimately it is the taxpayers who pay the bill.