The health costs of air pollution

March 3, 2010

smogCalifornians, their health insurers and the government spent nearly $200 million on hospital care for air-pollution-related admissions between 2005 and 2007 that could have been avoided if the state met federal clean air standards, according to a new study from the Rand Institute. Using hospital admissions data and air pollution records, the Rand researchers found an estimated 29,000 emergency room visits and hospital admissions that could have been prevented. Of the hospital visits considered preventable, about three-quarters were attributed to the presence of fine particulate matter in the air, known as PM 2.5. The rest were related to levels of ozone in the air. See the full study here.

Photo from flickr.com

Share:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Related posts:

  1. Better Care Coordination for Older Patients Reduces Medical Care, Costs and Complications
  2. Allergens and pollution combine to increase asthma risk
  3. Program cuts health costs by housing the homeless
  4. ARB: fine particle pollution kills 9,200 per year
  5. Heart disease linked to pollution

Share This Post

You must be logged in to post a comment Login