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Medical Costs Higher for Children With Sickle Cell Disease

Medical Costs Higher for Children With Sickle Cell Disease

Children with sickle cell disease (SCD) were shown to have annual medical costs of $9369 (Medicaid) and $13,469 (private insurance), which is significantly higher than that for children without SCD, according to a study led by Djesika D. Amendah, PhD, an economist at the CDC.1 SCD in children resulted in total medical costs of at least $335 million per year in the United States in 2005.

Children with SCD enrolled in Medicaid were shown to have lower medical costs than those with private insurance ($14,722, private insurance; $11,075, Medicaid [Figure]). However, annual average costs of prescription drugs were lower for children with SCD who had private insurance ($531) than they were for those enrolled in Medicaid ($1049).


1. Amendah DD, Mvundura M, Kavanagh PL, et al. Sickle cell disease-related pediatric medical expenditures in the US. Am J Prev Med. 2010;38(suppl 4):S550-S556.

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