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# Economist: On average, the emergency treatment for an

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Economist: On average, the emergency treatment for an elderly person for injuries resulting from a fall costs $11,000. A new therapeutic program can significantly reduce an elderly person's chances of falling. Though obviously desirable for many reasons, this treatment program will cost$12,500 and thus cannot be justified.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion of the argument?

(A) Among elderly people who had followed the program for only a few months, the number of serious falls reported was higher than it was for people who had followed the program for its recommended minimum length of one year.
(B) Falls resulting in serious injuries are less common among elderly people living in nursing homes than they are among elderly people who live alone at home.
(C) A frequent result of injuries sustained in falls is long-term pain, medication for which is not counted among the average per-person costs of emergency treatment for elderly people's injuries from such falls.
(D) The new therapeutic program focuses on therapies other than medication, since overmedication can cause disorientation and hence increase the likelihood that an elderly person will have a serious fall.
(E) A significant portion of the cost of the new therapeutic program is represented by regular visits by health care professionals, the costs of which tend to increase more rapidly than do those of other elements of the program.

I really miss the point!
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06 May 2008, 18:50
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06 May 2008, 19:55
C, as it address the cost, which is the main point of comparison in the argument.
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Straight C here.

Treatment cost after a fall ---------> $11,000 Treatment program cost --------->$12,500

As per the passage, new treatment program cost is more so it is not justified.

C weakens this conclusion directly by stating that "after a fall there is a long term pain, the treatment cost for which is not accounted for in the first treatment average cost ($11,000)" and hence the total cost of treatment after the new program is less. _________________ Trying hard to conquer Quant. Manager Joined: 22 Dec 2007 Posts: 158 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 10 [0], given: 0 Re: Economist: On average, the emergency treatment for an [#permalink] ### Show Tags 08 May 2008, 20:36 C for me as well. Manager Joined: 23 Apr 2008 Posts: 90 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 0 Re: Economist: On average, the emergency treatment for an [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 May 2008, 04:31 I AGREE ..C IS THE ANSWER FOR ME.. A AND B are not related..off conclusion.. VP Joined: 10 Jun 2007 Posts: 1459 Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 198 [0], given: 0 Re: Economist: On average, the emergency treatment for an [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 May 2008, 06:26 sondenso wrote: 9. Economist: On average, the emergency treatment for an elderly person for injuries resulting from a fall costs$11,000. A new therapeutic program can significantly reduce an elderly person's chances of falling. Though obviously desirable for many reasons, this treatment program will cost $12,500 and thus cannot be justified. Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the conclusion of the argument? (A) Among elderly people who had followed the program for only a few months, the number of serious falls reported was higher than it was for people who had followed the program for its recommended minimum length of one year. (B) Falls resulting in serious injuries are less common among elderly people living in nursing homes than they are among elderly people who live alone at home. (C) A frequent result of injuries sustained in falls is long-term pain, medication for which is not counted among the average per-person costs of emergency treatment for elderly people's injuries from such falls. (D) The new therapeutic program focuses on therapies other than medication, since overmedication can cause disorientation and hence increase the likelihood that an elderly person will have a serious fall. (E) A significant portion of the cost of the new therapeutic program is represented by regular visits by health care professionals, the costs of which tend to increase more rapidly than do those of other elements of the program. I really miss the point! C C increases the cost of emergency treatment... SVP Joined: 04 May 2006 Posts: 1926 Schools: CBS, Kellogg Followers: 21 Kudos [?]: 732 [0], given: 1 Re: Economist: On average, the emergency treatment for an [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 May 2008, 20:41 buzzgaurav wrote: Straight C here. Treatment cost after a fall --------->$11,000
Treatment program cost ---------> $12,500 As per the passage, new treatment program cost is more so it is not justified. C weakens this conclusion directly by stating that "after a fall there is a long term pain, the treatment cost for which is not accounted for in the first treatment average cost ($11,000)" and hence the total cost of treatment after the new program is less.

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OA is C

prateek11587 wrote:
C increases the cost of emergency treatment

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13 Oct 2014, 09:11
C is the answer- weakens the assumption.
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