This study projects 5-, 10-, 20-year, and lifetime costs of prosthetic and assistive devices for Vietnam veterans with limb loss and injured servicemembers with limb loss returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF). These costs were projected from the current use of these devices by veterans and servicemembers in a national survey. Average projected costs for the Vietnam group were found to be lower than for the OIF/OEF group. These costs provide the Department of Veterans Affairs with an estimate of the funding needed to maintain a high standard of prosthetic care for these veterans.
Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
Pages 387 — 402
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