Researchers in the United Kingdom recently created a model to estimate that prescribing vitamin D to the elderly population for prevention of hip fractures could reduce annual public costs by $37 million.
Hip fractures are common among people aged 65 years or older. In the United Kingdom, when a person experiences a hip fracture they are provided treatment and healthcare by the National Health Services. The cost of that hip fracture, then, comes from the population at large who pay taxes to fund the public healthcare program. This is similar in other countries that offer public healthcare.
Extensive research indicates that vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures. In hip fractures among the elderly, specifically, research suggests that 800 IU/day may be a sufficient dosage to help significantly reduce hip fractures.