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Traumatic brain injuries prove costly

Posted On Mon, August 30, 2010

Costs for medical care can be expensive for even a minor doctor's visit. Those who have a traumatic brain injury and require more extensive health care services may find themselves financially strained. Having good individual health insurance is important for helping people keep costs at bay.

Research from the CORE Health Foundation found that the toll of TBIs adds up to $6.8 billion a year in Texas alone.

Due to the high costs associated with TBI, CORE is advocating for more research on the condition.

"Money does not cure all problems, but when money is spent with a plan and a mission, the results can be significant," said Coalition of Texans with Disabilities executive director Dennis Borel. "A comprehensive effort to fund future rehabilitation, research, prevention and education programs can have lasting effects for TBI patients, families, medical care providers and society."

Even after a patient has received initial treatment for a TBI, that doesn't mean that their care is over with. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association notes that over 80,000 people are left with permanent disabilities as a result of a TBI.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19931736-ADNFCR

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