(as borrowed from the Dallas Otoloaryngology Cochlear Implant Program's web page).
*Research has shown cochlear implants to be one of the most cost-effective medical treatments of our day, far greater than coronary bypass surgery or kidney dialysis.
*Children with at least two years of cochlear implant experience are placed in mainstream normal hearing classrooms at twice the rate of hearing impaired children without implants. This saves the education system up to $200,000 in cost from first through twelfth grade. (Melissa's note- maybe I should just send the school district a bill for the copay on the four implants......)
*It costs $40,000 dollars to implant one child during infancy to the age of three years. Project Hope has calculated that for every dollar spent on cochlear implants, society saves $25.00 in specialized services. This calculates to one million dollars in savings per child implanted. (Another lame Melissa note: Maybe a tax rebate to cover out of pocket costs, like batteries??? I know....just wishing out loud)
*Cochlear implant centers are recouping only twenty-five percent to seventy-five percent of their actual costs from insurance and government programs, losing up to $30,000 per child implanted, and many are facing shutdown. (Ouch.....thats a bad stat)