Break the System: “Health Care is Justice” (Part#4)

“Reducing demand for illegal drugs might also reduce violence associated with the illegal drug trade. The authors estimate that each additional treatment facility in a county reduces the social costs of crime in that county by $4.2 million per year. Annual costs of treatment in a facility are approximately $1.1 million, so the benefits far exceed the costs.”

In further review, Medicaid expansions have reduced violent crime by as much as 5.8% and property crime by 3%, thus, the Affordable Care Act is estimated to have saved society $13.6 billion solely in its effect on crime reduction.

In the article: “We hope that the study findings will highlight the importance of the risk of being subjected to crime and violence that people with mental illnesses right across the diagnostic spectrum face,” said lead author Kimberlie Dean, associate professor and chair of forensic mental health at the University of New South Wales in Matraville, Australia.

From the article: “However, in every day life, these people face social issues such as gaining and retaining employment. Thirty per cent of employees with cancer resigned their posts voluntarily and 4% of employees with cancer were dismissed in 2004. It has been reported that cancer patients and survivors who can work find it difficult to resume working, continue working or to find a new job. Based on this evidence, it is assumed that people with other chronic diseases may find it equally difficult to find and retain employment.”


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