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Revista de Salud Pública

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GOMEZ-RESTREPO, Carlos et al. Direct costs involved in providing medical attention associated with traffic accidents in Bogotá. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2014, vol.16, n.5, pp.673-682. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v16n5.44080.

Objective To determine the cost of medical attention associated with traffic accidents in Bogotá, Colombia. Methods Prospective observational study with data from adult patients attended to in the emergency centers of 6 hospitals. Results Average total cost per patient was $1'112.000 COP. Average daily cost of hospitalized patients was $1'200.000 COP. Average cost of ambulatory treated patients ascended to $247.400 COP. Cost per accident calculated was $2'333.700 COP. In the whole city during study period, total medical costs were around $2.301'028.200 COP. All data was expressed in 2011 Colombian pesos. Conclusion The medical cost of transit accidents is a significant economic burden.

Keywords : Costs and cost analysis; accidents; traffic; direct service costs.

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