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ERIC Number: EJ787426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Medical Expenditures for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Privately Insured Population
Shimabukuro, Tom T.; Grosse, Scott D.; Rice, Catherine
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n3 p546-552 Mar 2008
This study provides estimates of medical expenditures for a subset of children and adolescents who receive employer-based health insurance and have a medical diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Data analyzed were from the 2003 MarketScan[R] research databases. Individuals with an ASD had average medical expenditures that exceeded those without an ASD by $4,110-$6,200 per year. On average, medical expenditures for individuals with an ASD were 4.1-6.2 times greater than for those without an ASD. Differences in median expenditures ranged from $2,240 to $3,360 per year with median expenditures 8.4-9.5 times greater. These findings add to a growing body of evidence that children and adolescents with medical diagnoses of an ASD incur elevated medical utilization and costs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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