The monetary cost of sexual assault to privately insured US women in 2013

Ashley M. Tennessee, Tamala S. Bradham, Brandi M. White, Kit N. Simpson

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Objectives.To determine whether privately insured female rape victims were billed for charges associated with a specific rape in the United States. Methods. We examined 2013 de-identified patient data from Truven Analytics Health MarketScan database for an assault that occurred by using International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, code E960.1. Results. Analysis of insurance providers' payment patterns for 1355 incident events to female victims aged between 16 and 61 years revealed that victims remit, on average, 14% or $948 of the rape cost, whereas insurance providers pay 86% or $5789 of the total cost. Conclusions. Hospital billing procedures for privately insured victims of rape across the United States are not separate from billing procedures for privately insured nonrape patients. This standardized procedure leads hospitals to bill victims directly for services not paid under the victims' insurance policy. Public Health Implications. The Violence Against Women Act (passed in 1994, reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013) must be amended to mandate that all costs incurred because of rape are not passed on to the victim. (Am J Public Health. 2017;107:983-988.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-988
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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