Happy Halloween everyone! We’ve compiled a list of some of the scariest health care statistics for our latest Homecare Advocate post. Read on if you dare.
Medical errors accounted for $19.5 billion in the US in 2008, with an estimated 6.3 million medical injuries and 2,500 preventable deaths. (SOA)
Medical bills accounted for 62% of all bankruptcy claims in 2007, a 50% increase since 2001 when it was at 46%. (CNN)
By 2020, the US will have an estimated 20% shortage of registered nurses for the workforce requirements. (American Nursing Assoc.)
$3.9 billion was spent on treating bed sores (that are “almost always considered to be the result of an error” in 2008. Post-operative infections were $3.7 billion. (Wall Street Journal)
Health insurance is projected to increase by 3.9% for 2012, with many employers raising deductibles and moving employees to lower-cost health plans. (CNN)
A private room in a nursing home cost $83,585 per year on average. (US News)
$7,538: annual US spending in health care per person (compared to Norway at $5,004). However, the US still ranks last among first-world countries in health. (Wall Street Journal)
However, hold out for HOPE! Tomorrow begins Homecare Month and National Family Caregivers Month, so we’re going to explore some wonderful solutions throughout the entire month of November. Stay tuned!