Are Vaccines Worth The US$300 Billion Autism Is Costing the USA Every Year?

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics claims the costs in the US of caring for individuals with the highest needs are $2.4m for each and every individual.  This also does not include those who do not have the highest needs, so the effect of less severe autistic conditions is not included. 

Autism costs the UK at least £32bn a year in terms of treatment, lost earnings, and care and support for children and adults with ASD, according to the study.  This compares with £12bn for cancer, £8bn for heart disease and £5bn for stroke: Autism costs ‘£32bn per year’ in UK


4 Responses

  1. I note from one report of this study:

    “People with autism who also have intellectual disabilities cost about $2.4 million during their lifetime in the United States and about $2.2 million in the United Kingdom.”

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-puts-a-price-tag-on-the-lifetime-cost-of-autism/#postComments

    This is an absurdly low estimate of the pricier cases that need 24 hour supervision at around £100-200 thousand a year (some cases more). The real figures seem to be about 3 times higher than they say (and we have seen much more realistic calculations of individual cost before). Are they spreading the cost because they don’t have the number of cases in the older population?

  2. I guess this has to be viewed in the light of alerting the world to the scale of the problem while continuing to cover up the nature of it.

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2014/06/still-covering-up-the-new-autism-speaksjama-study-of-the-cost-of-autism.html

  3. [ED: This comment deleted.

    Trolling and internet stalking by a clearly compulsive obsessive member of a forum whose members block discussion but some of whose members for sport in their spare time disrupt other fora on the internet and attack, bully, abuse and harass ordinary people and parents of very sick children wanting to share information. These kinds of groups are organised for just such a purpose on the internet. To quote Dr Ben Goldacre himself commenting on his own BadScience Forum: “The time for talking has passed. I draw the line at kidnapping, incidentally.“. This is on a site owned and operated by Dr Ben Goldacre as a high profile opinion former in the mainstream medical professions].

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