Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot 2012 Apr; 19(2):109-113
The objective of this study is to estimate the impact of youth injuries on the uninsured farm family’s economic viability. Using farm prototypes, we compared farm profits with costs of farm youth injuries. We built profit models for two types of farms, dairy and soybean farms. Then we estimated the cost impact of farm youth injuries of different levels of severity on a farm family with no health insurance. A severe child injury that requires at least 10 days of hospitalisation would cost almost equal to the operating profit of the average dairy farm with no health insurance and would turn the operating profit of the average soybean farm into a severe loss of $99,499. Prevention of child agricultural injuries would significantly improve the financial situation for farm families that lack health insurance.
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Children; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Age-factors; Surveillance-programs; Mortality-data; Sociological-factors; Traumatic-injuries; Families; Farmers; Health-care; Medical-treatment; Dairy-products; Animal-husbandry-workers; Foodstuff; Food-handlers;
Author Keywords: farm youth injury; uninsured farm family; injury cost; injury severity; farm profit
Eduard Zaloshnja, PhD, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, 11720 Beltsville Dr, Suite 900, Calverton, MD 20705-3111
International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation