There were a total of 6 cost-of-illness studies from the US that examined an SCI cohort.
In a review of the 2009 Health Care Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample database, hospitalizations where the primary diagnosis was SCI had a mean charge of $165,958 ($8,662 standard deviation) (Mahabaleshwarkar et al.2014). This was higher than the mean charge of $40,813 ($1,223 standard deviation) for a matched non-SCI group (Mahabaleshwarkar et al. 2014).
DeVivo and Farris (2011) calculated the incident cost of SCI in a US population. Costs were presented in 2009 dollars. Results were separated to first year costs and annual costs for subsequent years. Results were presented for the entire cohort as well as stratified by level of injury and severity (C1-C4 and AIS A, B or C, C5-C8 AIS A, B or C and AIS D). Total mean costs were presented. This study provides updated data from the National SCI Statistical Center including new variables that were not available in past reports.