The social costs of the Flint water crisis could amount to $395 million

Aug 12, 2016

It's tough to wrap your mind around the price tag for Flint's lead-in-water disaster.

There's the $58 million the state of Michigan has already spent on filters, bottled water and medical care and testing.

There's the still-undetermined cost of replacing the water lines and pipes damaged by the corrosive Flint River water. 

But there are also social costs.

That warning comes from Peter Muennig​ in a letter he wrote in the journal Health Affairs.

Meunnig joined us today to talk about these social costs, and the apparent reluctance among U.S. policymakers to invest in preventing tragic events like the Flint water crisis.


Peter Muennig is a professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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