Health care expenditures have risen at an alarming rate worldwide over the past 30 years. The situation is most critical in the United States, which presently spends 12% of its gross domestic product on health care.1 Between 1950 and 1989, U.S. health-care costs rose from less than $13 billion to over $600 billion.1 In this context, it is important to recognize that the economic impact of hip fractures extends beyond the individual patient to affect our entire society. In this era of cost-consciousness and the limitations imposed by fiscal constraints, our ability to understand and respond to the economic challenge provided by the increasing number of hip fractures may actually be a prototype for responding to similar health problems in the elderly.
KeywordsGross Domestic Product Average Cost Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Total Hospital Charge
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