A new report found that the child health care spending numbers have increased over these past few years by over 50 percent.
Health care expenditures are quite a common discussion and debate matter. There are quite a few people interested in finding out how health care funds are distributed.
A newly released study has offered a comprehensive look on the matter. Present numbers involve the child health care spending and necessities.
The study was carried out by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Its results were released earlier this week. They were published in the JAMA Pediatrics on December 27.
According to it, the child health care costs have increased. Research was carried out for the 1996 to 2013 time span. Over the period, the costs were seen to have increased by 56 percent.
In 1996, child health care costs had an almost $150 billion value. In comparison, in 2013, they accounted for an over $233 billion sum.
Most of the 2013 costs targeted the routine newborn hospital care. The next highest value was allocated to treating ADHD and routine dental care.
ADHD is the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Routine dental care includes anything from check-ups to braces.
Rachel Garfield, a Kaiser Family Foundation senior researcher, released a few comments. According to her, the child health care costs are not that high. Garfield points out the general health care expenditures, as they should be the comparison base.
However, the sum, as it is, has led to some important results. It has contributed to a better access to child medical care. It’s also believed to have accounted for some better outcomes, both on the short and long-term.
Joseph Dieleman, the study author, also offered details. He is a University of Washington assistant professor of global health.
According to Dieleman, it is quite important to determine the rising cost areas. By doing so, policymakers can determine their efficiency. They can also establish if the rises are cost-effective.
Most child health care programms are aimed at preventing disabilities and illnesses through “well care”. As such, it targets pregnancy and post-pregnancy care. It also follows newborns through their first few days. Dental visits and child checkups are also part of the “well care” program.
Another important area targets the treatment of medical problems. This sector is dominated by some major conditions. These include ADHD, upper respiratory infections, and asthma.
Still, some conditions have an increased spending rate. Some were seen to be outpacing the median child health care spending growth rate.
Such conditions include the said asthma and ADHD. They also target congenital anomalies and autistic spectrum disorders.
Dieleman went to point out the following. It is important to evaluate and determine if the spending has been appropriate and efficient. By doing so, child health care resources can be better allocated and transferred where needed.
The aforementioned Garfield considers that an increase in child health care spending can have important outcomes. Its positive results can transfer to adulthood.
Study results also showed an increase in per-child health expenditures. In 2013, the sum reached an estimated $2,777. Back in 1996, the value was situated at around $1,1915.
2014 reported health care spending reached about $3 trillion. Still, most of the value went toward adult health care. This could, nonetheless, be explained by the fact that they generally suffer from more expensive chronic conditions.
More studies would need to be carried out. Research points out the still existing problems in accessing services. Mental and dental health care are amongst such services.
The current study also targeted only the money spent on child health care. Other costs were not taken into account.
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