FALLS AS A NATIONAL HEALTH PRIORITY
- $30 billion is spent annually on healthcare related to falls. Medicare costs alone for hip fractures as a result of falls is projected to be 240 billion dollars by 2040.
- The average cost of a fall injury was $19,440 (including hospital, nursing home, emergency room and home healthcare, but not physician services).
- The Elder Fall Prevention Act has been passed by Congress for the development of effective public education, expansion of services and research on best practices.