A Closer Look at the Numbers
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.