A Closer Look at the Numbers

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Penny's most recent post dropped a rather shocking statistic that I'd like to revisit:

“the number of civilians in the United States living with a long-term disability from traumatic brain injury is now estimated to be 3.17 million”

Let's paraphrase for emphasis. More than 3 MILLION Americans are DISABLED by BRAIN INJURY. Got it? Okay, now let's reframe the numbers a little.

3 Million is:

  • 1% of the US population.
  • The entire population of Chicago.
  • Five times the population of Washington DC.

Got it? Okay, now consider the following.

  • NINE states have NO long-term brain injury rehabilitation centers.

By my estimates, there are fewer than 3,000 beds in the US for long-term brain injury rehabilitation centers. The math simply doesn't add up, America.

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