Costs of Spinal Cord Injury
It is now known that the length of stay and hospital charges for acute care and initial rehabilitation are higher for cases where admission to the spinal cord injury system is delayed beyond 24 hours.
Average Hospital Charges
Average yearly health care and living expenses that are directly attributed to SCI vary greatly according to severity of injury:
These figures do not include any indirect costs such as losses in wages, fringe benefits and productivity which could average almost $38,000 but vary substantially based on education, severity of injury and pre-injury employment history.
Source: Spinal Cord Injury Facts and Figures at a Glance. The National SCI Statistical Center. February 2013.