Rehabilitation benefits individuals and the community in many ways. More than 4 million Americans receive rehabilitation services each year. About 35 million Americans have ongoing disabling conditions.
Medical rehabilitation restores and maintains a healthy quality of life to survivors of disabling injuries and illnesses. More than 80 percent of all patients receiving rehabilitation return to work, school or active retirement. At any given time, 13 percent of the American public and nearly half of those over the age of 75 need some kind of rehabilitation.
Rehabilitation allows 50,000 to 100,000 patients to return home each year instead of going to long-term care. A survey conducted by the Health Insurance Association of America member companies reported savings of $11 for every $1 spent on rehabilitation with an average saving per claimant ranging from $1,500 to more than $250,000. As a result of rehabilitation, 350,000 people return to work each year, resulting in savings of $1 billion annually, and $700 million in increased tax revenues.
Rehabilitation reduces long-term disability costs to private and public programs by $1 billion to $2 billion annually. For traumatic brain injury patients alone, new rehabilitation treatments have reduced the length of stay at hospitals by one-half to one-third.