Economic Burden of Hospitalizations Associated with Child Abuse and Neglect
Wednesday 22nd December 2010
Research spotlight finds child abuse is not just costly in terms of human suffering: it also consumes more health resources in adult life. A large community study of 3330 women found annual healthcare costs were significantly higher for women who suffered either physical or sexual childhood abuse, and more than a third higher if they had suffered both types. Extra costs ranged across mental health, emergency admissions, outpatient and pharmacy, primary and specialist care.