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Injury Research and Health Organizations Urge Congress to Save Lives and Money by Including Injury Prevention in Health Care Reform
Date:9/8/2009

BALTIMORE, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of 18 research centers, professional organizations and advocacy groups have joined together to urge Congress to include injury prevention in health care reform. Each day, 475 Americans die from injuries related to motor vehicle crashes, assaults, fires and other trauma. This results in 170,000 deaths every year, more than twice that from diabetes and more than four times that of breast cancer. The group will run an ad in the September 8th "Health Care Hits the Road" theme issue of Roll Call. It is the first time these groups have come together to educate policymakers on the significant burden injuries pose to the health care system.

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"Injury is one of the most serious and costly health problems in the United States, yet many people are unaware that many injuries can be prevented by applying what we already know works," said Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the participating groups. "Right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to reduce costs and save lives, as two key goals of health care reform are to contain costs and improve outcomes. It's a logical part of the solution to include injury prevention in health care reform."

Key facts about injuries:

  • During the August congressional recess, an estimated 4 million Americans received medical care for injuries, generating $9 billion in lifetime medical expenses.
  • Injury is the number one cause of death for people ages 1 to 45 and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages.
  • Nearly 50 million non-fatal injuries in
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