The summer can be a tremendous opportunity for a good time. Whether you’re a kid off from school or an adult looking to take part in some summer fun, the middle months can be an excellent reason to get out and get active.
But, as most of us unknowingly enjoy all that summer has to offer, there lies a looming cloud just over the horizon. That cloud being unexpected injuries and illnesses. Increased activity means increase possibility of needed treatment of an unexpected injury or illness and if you’re not prepared, the cost can be too much to handle.
So, to help shed some light on the most common reasons summer fun has to pause, Hooray Health created a list of a few of the most common summer injuries and illness and what they could cost you without the proper healthcare coverage.
Lack of proper hydration in the summer heat can lead to serious health issues if left unattended. What starts as increased thirst, dry mouth and swollen tongue, can quickly lead to weakness, dizziness, confusion, palpations, sluggishness, and fainting. In some cases, dehydration can lead to swelling of the brain, seizures, shock, and kidney failure.
To help keep you safe from dehydration, make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day, increasing the amount consumed with vigorous activity.
Cost of IV Hydration: $75*
From broken arms, legs, ankles, and wrists, fractures are a common summertime injury that can be costly for your bank account. Though kids tend to be the most common victim of fractures, adults participating in activities over the summer can see an increased risk of breaking a bone as well.
To avoid these injuries, be careful of the activities you engage in and wear the proper safety equipment when applicable.
Cost of an Ankle Fracture Treatment: $614*
As humans, we know accidents happen. Whether we fall, crash, smack, slip or slice ourselves into injury, the real interest is fixed on the resulting injury. In some cases, nothing happens, and in others we might need medical assistance. But if your cut from falling off your bike or cutting that juicy watermelon is bad enough, you’ll want to receive medical treatment and sutures as soon as possible.
If left untreated these injuries can lead to infection and other health issues. But with a little more care and attention to what we are doing, these injuries can be avoided.
Cost of a Complex Suture of Skin Cut: $841*
*Numbers are based on Healthcare Bluebook’s average cost in Dallas, TX.
This summer is yours to make the most out of an shouldn’t be hindered by looming medical expenses. And although coverage can be costly, companies like Hooray Health are doing more to lower out of pocket costs for Americans and increasing accessibility to can with a unique network of more than 3,000 industry leading retail clinics and urgent care partners. Their members enjoy low copays and no annual deductibles without the fear of surprise balance bills. And as they continue to grow, they’re changing the way Americans view healthcare by disrupting industry standards, one member at a time.
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