Average lifetime costs of having spinal cord injuries in the U.S. 2018

Estimated lifetime costs for patients with spinal cord injuries in the U.S. as of 2018, by severity (in U.S. dollars)*

Average lifetime costs of having spinal cord injuries in the U.S. 2018 This statistic displays the estimated lifetime costs for those suffering a spinal cord injury, sorted by severity, as of 2018. Lifetime costs for a 25 year old patient, suffering from paraplegia in the United States are estimated at around 2.5 million U.S. dollars. There are approximately 17,730 new cases of spinal cord injuries in the United States every year, with 43 years being the average age of injury. Lifetime costs are directly attributable to health care and living expenses and do not include loss of wages, fringe benefits and productivity.
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Estimated lifetime costs for patients with spinal cord injuries in the U.S. as of 2018, by severity (in U.S. dollars)*

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25 years old patient50 years old patient
High tetraplegia (C1-C4) AIS ABC5,010,7482,753,822
Low tetraplegia (C5-C8) AIS ABC3,661,1652,251,944
Paraplegia AIS ABC2,450,2341,608,015
Motor functional at any level AIS D1,674,0121,181,564
25 years old patient50 years old patient
High tetraplegia (C1-C4) AIS ABC5,010,7482,753,822
Low tetraplegia (C5-C8) AIS ABC3,661,1652,251,944
Paraplegia AIS ABC2,450,2341,608,015
Motor functional at any level AIS D1,674,0121,181,564
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This statistic displays the estimated lifetime costs for those suffering a spinal cord injury, sorted by severity, as of 2018. Lifetime costs for a 25 year old patient, suffering from paraplegia in the United States are estimated at around 2.5 million U.S. dollars. There are approximately 17,730 new cases of spinal cord injuries in the United States every year, with 43 years being the average age of injury. Lifetime costs are directly attributable to health care and living expenses and do not include loss of wages, fringe benefits and productivity.
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Release date
February 2019
Region
United States
Survey time period
As of 2018
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* Estimated lifetime cost discounted at 2 percent.
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