Major medical conditions and VA healthcare costs near end of life for veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders

Wei Yu*, Bridget Smith, Shirley Kim, Adam Chow, Frances M. Weaver

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Abstract

We analyzed healthcare costs and medical conditions for 2,008 veterans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/Ds) near end of life. The average age at SCI/D onset and/or occurrence was 42 years and at death was 66 years. The conditions that incurred the most costs included cancer (20.9%), influenza and/or pneumonia (15.1%), heart disease (13.5%), septicemia (5.9%), diabetes (5.3%), and stroke (5.1%). The average cost was $24,900 in the second year before end of life and reached $61,900 in the final year. Before end of life, costs accelerated during the final year from $3,100 in month 12 to $14,600 in the final month.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-840
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of rehabilitation research and development
Volume45
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Cause of death
  • Costs
  • Economics
  • End of life
  • Pneumonia
  • Spinal cord diseases
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Veterans
  • Veterans hospital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation

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