AHRQ Stats: Costly Conditions Among Children
According to data from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, mental disorders were the most expensive conditions ($13.8 billion) to treat among children in 2011. Other costly conditions among children in 2011 included asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ($11.9 billion), trauma-related disorders ($5.8 billion), acute bronchitis and upper respiratory infection ($3.3 billion), and otitis media ($3.2 billion).
STATISTICAL BRIEF #434:
|Anita Soni, PhD, MBA|
- For those under 18 years of age, these five medical conditions—mental disorders, asthma, trauma-related disorders, acute bronchitis and upper respiratory infections, and otitis media—ranked highest in terms of direct medical spending in 2011.
- Of the five most costly conditions for children, mental disorders affected the fewest children but had the highest average expense per child.
- Treatment of mental disorders ($13.8 billion) accounted for the highest total expense and acute bronchitis and URI ($3.3 billion), and otitis media ($3.2 billion) accounted for the lowest among the top five most expensive children's conditions in 2011.
- Nearly half of the expenditures for mental disorders (48.4 percent) and asthma (49.1 percent) in children were paid by Medicaid.