Preventable Injuries Burden State Budgets
Published January 2009
Injuries are the leading cause of death for people age 1 to 44. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries cost an estimated $406 billion per year in medical expenses and lost productivity. Nearly 50 million injuries occur each year, placing a staggering burden on the U.S. health care system. State budgets share this burden through Medicaid, state employee health benefits, health care for the uninsured, child welfare services, and lost tax revenue from the injured and their caregivers.