Gallery: California Smog Causing $193 Million in Healthcare Costs


The smog in California hangs like a blanket over the city, and now there’s more proof that it’s not just environmentally destructive – it’s making Californians sick! A study just out by RAND — a non-profit research group dedicated to public policy issues — says that the air pollution in California is causing over $193 million in hospital based medical care each year. The medical costs are mostly related to respiratory illnesses such as asthma and pneumonia. Over two thirds of the costs are covered by government run medical programs like Medicare and Medi-Cal.

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  1. uiteoi March 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Any idea how many people die from air pollutions?

    That is a more immediate problem than global warming, the cause is gaz combustion residues, the solution cannot be biofuels which emit as many pollutants and regular gaz.

    The solution must be zero emission vehicles, such as EVs.

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