Common Sports Injuries: Incidence and Average Charges. Direct Medical Charges for Injuries <sup>5<sup>

03/17/2014

For 25- to 40-year-olds, the estimated average charges for a leg fracture were about $3,403, while the estimated average charges for an arm fracture were about $7,666 (2011 dollars), according to 2009-2011 pooled data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. For leg fractures, 5 percent resulted in medical bills about 4 times greater than the per person average, while for arm fractures, 5 percent resulted in medical bills 7 times greater than the average. For those without health insurance, these could be substantial unexpected bills.

Among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years, the estimated average charge for a leg fracture was about $4,700, while the estimated average charge for an arm fracture was about $2,900 (2011 dollars). For leg fractures, 5 percent resulted in medical bills 8 times greater than the average, while for arm fractures, 5 percent resulted in medical bills 4 times greater than the average.

Estimated charges for dislocations among 10- to 19-year-olds averaged $6,900 and almost $4,600 for 25 to 40 year olds.


5 The charge estimates are derived using 2009-2011 pooled data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Full Year Consolidated, Events, and Medical Conditions files. The amounts listed are full established charges for an event before any adjustments or discounts, which a provider could potentially charge an uninsured patient. The amounts were adjusted to 2011 dollars using Consumer Price Index.

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