To the NHS: some £3 million a year apparently. Given the £100 billion or so spent on the NHS, this isn\’t even a rounding error, it\’s a rounding error on a rounding error.
This rather disgusts me:
Dr Lecky added: "It should be borne in mind that most of the cost of trauma, especially stabbing, is not to the health service but in billions per annum to the taxpayer through legal costs, loss of productive tax-paying years in those that die or are severely disabled and in long-term care.
I\’m familiar with the idea that you measure damages (in part) by calculating the wages lost . You (or your insurer) will pay much more for the lost wages of the person you\’ve just run over if they were making £1 million a year than if they were on the dole. That\’s compensation. I\’m also familiar with the way in which you (can) measure the loss to an economy by the future lost wages and or production, although that\’s a bit more of a stretch.
But to value someone by how much tax they would pay in future years? That\’s getting perilously close to arguing that we exist in order to feed the Treasury, isn\’t it?