Cost Of Services For Kids With Autism Averages $17,000 Per Child Per Year

HealthDay (2/11, Norton) reports that according to a RAND Corp. study published online Feb. 10 in the journal Pediatrics, “the cost of services for children with autism averages more than $17,000 per child each year – with school systems footing much of the bill.” Investigators “found that compared to kids without autism, those with the disorder had higher costs for doctor visits and prescriptions – an extra $3,000 a year, on average.” The study also revealed that “‘non-health care’ services averaged $14,000 per child, and special education at school accounted for more than 60 percent of those costs.” In arriving at these conclusions, the RAND researchers examined data derived from two US-wide surveys involving 19,000 families with children without autism and 246 families with youngsters with autism.

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— “Autism Costs Average $17,000 Yearly for Each Child, Study Finds, ” Amy Norton, HealthDay, February 10, 2014.

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