Faces of Prematurity Friday~The Cost

Friday, November 9, 2012

Each year, preterm birth affects nearly 500,000 babies—as I’ve said before that's....
1 of every 8 infants born in the United States.  1 out of EVERY 8. 
Worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year. 

Premature birth costs the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion each year.
Alli’s NICU stay alone contributed $6.5 million. $6.5 million. 

The Following brought from the March of Dimes Website
The economic and societal costs

The costs of medical care for premature babies are much greater than they are for a healthy newborn. In 2005, preterm birth cost the United States at least $26.2 billion, or $51,600 for every infant born prematurely. The costs broke down as follows:

·         $16.9 billion (65 percent) for medical care

·         $1.9 billion (7 percent) for maternal delivery

·         $611 million (2 percent) for early intervention services

·         $1.1. billion (4 percent) for special education services

·         $5.7 billion (22 percent) for lost household and labor market productivity

The average first-year medical costs, including both inpatient and outpatient care, were about 10 times greater for preterm infants ($32,325) than for full-term infants ($3,325).

These estimates come from Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences and Prevention, a report published by the Institute of Medicine (2006) and funded in part by the March of Dimes.

So who pays the bills??

You do.

Yes, YOU do. 

And I do. And we do. 

So on behalf of our little family, THANK YOU. 

ALL health care payers — employers, health plans, federal and state Medicaid programs, and individuals flip the bill in caring for these premature babies.  Shocked?  We were too. 

So why all the fuss about premature birth??

We can’t afford NOT to talk about it. 


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