Date
15 December 2017
A volunteer ties a blue ribbon around the wrist of a girl with autism during a child welfare event in Nanjing earlier this month to mark World  Autism Awareness Day. Photo: Xinhua
A volunteer ties a blue ribbon around the wrist of a girl with autism during a child welfare event in Nanjing earlier this month to mark World Autism Awareness Day. Photo: Xinhua

Autism costs US$2 mln over patient’s life, study says

The lifetime cost of caring for a person with autism can amount to more than US$2 million, Bloomberg reported Tuesday, citing US and British research published in JAMA Pediatrics.  

According to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics and Political Science, expenses for each autistic person with an intellectual disability can be US$2.4 million in the United States and US$2.2 million in Britain, the report said. The costs for people without an intellectual disability are estimated at about US$1.4 million per person in both countries.

Most of the costs occur in adulthood and are associated with residential care, special education and lower employment prospects. 

The research was funded by US-based advocacy group Autism Speaks.

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