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Estimates of the economic costs of birth defects.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8021024     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Birth defects now are the leading cause of infant mortality and a major contributor to heightened morbidity in the United States. Considerable medical and nonmedical resources are devoted to treating persons with birth defects. Yet, little is known about birth defects' economic burden to society and the profile of component direct and indirect costs over the lifespan of those born with specific birth defects. Using an incidence approach, we made the most comprehensive estimates to date of the cost of 18 of the most clinically significant birth defects in the United States. Our analysis provides the basis for assessing competing strategies for research and prevention.
N J Waitzman; P S Romano; R M Scheffler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Inquiry : a journal of medical care organization, provision and financing     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0046-9580     ISO Abbreviation:  Inquiry     Publication Date:  1994  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-08-01     Completed Date:  1994-08-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0171671     Medline TA:  Inquiry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  188-205     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Economics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City 84112.
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MeSH Terms
Congenital Abnormalities / economics*,  epidemiology,  mortality
Cost of Illness*
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Direct Service Costs / statistics & numerical data
Infant, Newborn
Models, Statistical
Survival Rate
United States / epidemiology
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