A new study has revealed that health care costs for US children have significantly increased, reaching 56% during the time span between 1996 and 2013. Healthcare spendings have risen from $150 billion in 1996 to approximately $233 billion in 2013. Health care for newborns accounted for the widest share of costs in 2013. Next in line were the costs for children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and basic dental care.
The new study was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics magazine on December 27. Rachel Garfield, who is a senior researcher at the Kaiser Family Foundation, stated that if we were to rate health care costs for children among all another spending, theirs was decreased compared to the rest of the medical contexts.
She also argued that this 56% increase led to better access to health care, but also long-term results for American children. Joseph Dieleman, the lead author of the study, claimed that policymakers are bound to establish if these particular increases reached to be cost-effective. Authorities may be able to establish all these if they mark the areas or fields where the costs are steadily rising.
Dieleman asserted that funds which are spent on treating conditions like autism and asthma overcome the average increase rate for kids’ health care costs. Dieleman is an assistant professor of global health at the University of Washington. He also noted that prices increase very quick when it comes to treating conditions like those included in the autistic spectrum, injuries, congenital anomalies, asthma, and ADHD.
What is more, funds in handling and maintain the state of health of newborns are also rapidly growing. Dieleman argued that the primary purpose of all these health care costs is to prevent disability and illness through proper care provided by trained personnel able to handle stressful situations.
This spending also includes newborn care primarily used in the first days of a baby’s life, but also dental visits, child checkups, as well as pregnancy and post-pregnancy care for teen mothers. On the other hand, when it comes to all the costs needed to treat medical conditions, specialists include the dominant ones like upper respiratory infections, asthma, and ADHD.
The next steps in improving the funding of health resources for American children represent the way of understanding and evaluating the costs, revealing if they were accurately used.
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