Health care cost effects of public use of a regional poison control center.

@article{Kearney1995HealthCC,
  title={Health care cost effects of public use of a regional poison control center.},
  author={Thomas E. Kearney and K Richard Olson and Lisa A. Bero and Stuart E Heard and Paul David Blanc},
  journal={The Western journal of medicine},
  year={1995},
  volume={162 6},
  pages={499-504}
}
Poison control centers in the United States are threatened with closure, and attempts at a cost-benefit analysis of these services have been indeterminate. The purpose of this study was to compare the operating costs of a regional poison control center resulting from public use of its telephone hotline services with those of hypothetical alternative sources of advice and care. We conducted a follow-up telephone survey among 589 public callers to the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Poison… CONTINUE READING

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