NDNRC Partner, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, has released three new policy briefs on paralysis and its effect on access to health care. Some highlights from the policy briefs include the following stats:
- 5,357,980 people – roughly 1.7% of US population are paralyzed. Of those, 1,462,220 have a spinal cord injury.
- An estimated 397,309 Americans – 12.3% of all those with paralysis are doing without essential durable medical equipment.
- 84% of people living with paralysis in the U.S. (an estimated 2,630,224 individuals) are unable to obtain necessary medical care, tests or treatments.
The three policy briefs can be downloaded by clicking the following links:
- Paralysis in the U.S.
- Access to Durable Medical Equipment
- Access to Health Care for People with Paralysis
These finding were also published in the American Journal of Public Health. That article can be found here.
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.