Drs. Angela Fertig and Phaedra Corso recently had a policy brief published on the longterm costs of childhood asthma, funded by the Pew Charitable Trust Foundation. The brief was also picked up by California’s “Studies in the News”.
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood, affecting 8.5 percent of children in the United States. It is one of the most common causes of school absenteeism, a major cause of disability and/or restricted activity among children, and is one of the leading causes of hospitalizations among children. In addition, children with asthma continue to suffer as adults, affecting not only their quality of life but their lifetime productivity as well. Children with asthma miss 2.48 more days of school than their peers (which means their parents are likely to miss work to care for them), and adults miss 5.7 days of work because of their own illness.
The report calculates the lifetime economic costs of asthma for all people born in the year 2000 who develop this diagnosis (approximately 380,000 people): $7.2 billion, including $3.2 billion in medical costs and $4 billion in work/productivity loss. While asthma cannot currently be cured, it can be controlled through improved health care and environmental factors – strategies that can save significant sums for our nation.
To view the published policy brief in its entirety, click this link: www.partnershipforsuccess.org/uploads/20090708_asthmafinalformatted.pdf
Posted October 5, 2009.