Asthma in America Carries $82 Billion Price Tag

From - January 12, 2018

Asthma in America Carries $82 Billion Price Tag

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 -- The economic cost of asthma in the United States is nearly $82 billion a year, federal health officials report.

That figure includes medical expenses and costs associated with work and school absences and deaths.

However, the true cost of asthma is probably underestimated because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study did not include people with untreated asthma.

The new analysis was based on federal government data, collected from 2008 to 2013. It showed that about 15.4 million people were treated for asthma each year. The annual per-person medical cost of asthma was $3,266.

Of that per-person amount, $1,830 was for prescriptions, $640 for office visits, $529 for hospitalizations, $176 for hospital outpatient visits and $105 for emergency room care.

Asthma-related deaths cost $29 billion a year, with an average of 3,168 deaths a year.

Asthma resulted in 8.7 million lost work days and 5.2 million lost school days a year, for a combined annual cost of $3 billion.

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