Sure poison centers save lives, but they also do a great job at cutting healthcare costs and supporting hospitals across the country.
To wit: ” A 2008 study conducted in Arizona and published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology found that 70 percent of patients treated at home with the help of a poison center would’ve otherwise paid unnecessary medical expenses at their local hospital. That study estimated that poison centers saved $33 million in state-funded health care costs in one year. Put another way: For every dollar the state of Arizona spent on the poison center, it saved about $36 in unnecessary health care charges. And in Louisiana, poison center administrators estimate that a call to the state’s poison center costs around $33. An uncomplicated emergency department visit in that state, costs between $600 and $800.” Read the AAPCC release here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-association-of-poison-control-centers-house-proposal-to-cut-poison-centers-would-devastate-public-health-116177619.html