In 2016, New Zealand reached a total 3.59 billion dollar expenditure on healthcare across the nation. Of this cost, half a billion was due to ACC payouts from sport related injuries. Is the expense on injury recovery worth the “minimisation” of pressure put on the health sector? There are many benefits to sport which long term have positive effects including better physical health, mental health and an overall increase in education enjoyment. However there are also the negatives which include temporary injuries which can impact the financial state of a family, and the devastating long term injuries which can have detrimental physical and mental health effects. One of the main reasons behind Sport is to keep fit. In order to keep fit, people train and it overall increases exercise, leading to a healthier induvidual. Growing statistics and studies show that there is clear link between cardiovascular disease being minimised significantly through exercise. According to the American Heart Association, frequent expertise can reduce the likeliness of high blood pressure, poor cholesterol and obesity which are all factors of strokes. The risk of this occurring can lead to a chance of being non-fatal, heart surgery or death. The physical benefits including prolonged life and further benefits to the New Zealand economy. The average cost of a heart bypass surgery costs between $70,000-$200,000. If the average New Zealander was not keeping fit by sport or exercise, the national expenditure on health care by ACC would be significantly higher. Half a billion dollars is worth the cost of various sport related injuries in comparison to a chance of death or surgery which can have devastating effects on the finances of families.


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