9 Jun '14

News Study says cost of autism more than cancer, strokes and heart disease

LSE researchers say the cost is so high because it is a lifelong condition that now affects more than 1% of the populationAutism costs the US and UK economies $175bn (£104bn) and £32bn a year respectively, more than any other medical condition and greater than the cost of cancer, strokes and heart disease combined, according to an economic analysis of the condition's impact.The comparatively high figures mainly made up by costs for residential accommodation, medical care and productivity losses is because it is a life-long condition, say researchers, who hope their findings will spur policymakers into intervening more effectively and at an earlier age. Continue reading...

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