Sickle Cell costs $$$

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A new study shows that the annual cost of medical care in the US for
people who suffer from sickle cell disease exceeds $1.1 billion. Check out the full article HERE.

They report that the average total cost of care per month per patient was $1,946, with substantial variation across age groups.

Total costs per patient-month were highest in adults, peaking at $2,853 per patient-month for patients aged 30 to 39, and lowest in children from birth through age 9, at $892 per patient-month.

On an annualized basis, the total cost of care ranged from $10,704 for children aged 0 to 9 years to $34,266 for the age 30 to 39 group.

“For an average patient with sickle cell disease reaching age 45, total undiscounted health care costs were estimated to reach $953,640,” the researchers report in the American Journal of Hematology.

Roughly 80% of the costs were associated with inpatient care; 3.2% of costs were associated with emergency department (ED) use, 0.9% with physician visits, and 3.6% with prescription drugs. The remaining 11.7% of costs was from “other care,” including home health and nursing home care.

Also, they note, “The high proportion of sickle cell disease costs associated with inpatient hospitalizations suggests that interventions that reduce complications such as pain crises could be cost-effective, even cost-saving.”

Check out the full article HERE.

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