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World Trade Center Health Program: Just the Facts

The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) provides assessment, monitoring and treatment services to eligible emergency responders and others who were injured and exposed to toxic chemicals during and after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Last December, the WTCHP released updated statistics about the services it provides to members enrolled in the program. 

The report gives an idea of the numbers of individuals still affected by the dust and damage of that terrible day. Statistics from the update include the following: 

  • The total number of WTCHP members associated with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is 16,598. Of those, 29 have registered since July, 2011.
  • More than 37,000 members are general responders from the New York City area.
  • Other than emergency responders, 6,831 survivors have registered with WTCHP in New York.
  • There are 6,479 members in the Nationwide Provider Network. More than 1,000 of those individuals have registered since July, 2011.
  • Almost 67,000 members have registered with the WTCHP.
  • Last year, 26,133 people received monitoring services from the health program.
  • More than 14,000 had diagnostic evaluations for cancer or other conditions.
  • A total of 15,365 people received outpatient treatment, while 133 survivors received inpatient treatment.
  • More than 17,000 people receive medications as part of this program. 

The terrorist attacks ended and changed the lives of many. For each member of the WTCHP program, family and friends routinely wait for results of medical screening and diagnostic tests involving their loved ones. 

The WTCHP is a free medical monitoring and services program for those suffering WTC-associated illnesses and conditions. If you were injured on a WTC site, contact the program to determine your eligibility. If you have questions about benefits due you, speak with an experienced attorney in New York City. 

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