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The downside of inadequate poison center funding

Posted: March 9th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

What is it going to cost you?

Make no doubt about it; these are tough times for non-profit health services, especially those that have a limited ability to charge for their services.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about the financial benefits a poison center provides to its designated region.  As we work through social media, traditional media and other methods unlock support for the IPC, I am continually asked, “So what?  If your funding is not restored, what is it going to cost me?”

Over the past few weeks, I have learned that while I am personally excited and enjoy talking about the upside of what poison centers provide, government agencies, donors and the media want to know the downside if we are not provided appropriate funding.  They want to know, in essence, what is the price of failure. Read more »


You might say the Illinois Poison Center is the antidote to unnecessary health care costs

Posted: January 26th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , | 7 Comments »

A Poison Center means different things to different people

  • For a parent, it is a place to call for treatment advice if their child eats, drinks, rubs onto their skin or breathes a potentially harmful substance
  • For a doctor or nurse, it is the place to call for treatment recommendations for potentially poisoned patients in their care
  • For health educators, it is the lead organization for materials and assistance in providing poison prevention education in their communities
  • For researchers, our database is the place to come for trends and analysis for potentially emerging outbreaks to hazardous substances

At this time of year, as health care reform is debated at all levels of government and society, I think it is important to point out the financial value of poison centers.  It is conservatively estimated that the Illinois Poison Center saves $50 million dollars a year in health care costs, or about $12 for every dollar spent on providing poison center services to Illinois.  Not bad for a not-for profit with a $4.4 million dollar budget! Read more »