Only a 20% reduction in drug-resistant infections would save $3.2 – $5.2 billion each year
A 20% reduction in drug-resistant infections would save between 5.7 and 11.3 million additional hospital days and between $3.2 and $5.2 billion in healthcare costs, each year.
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