Note: Dear Neurodiversity advocates. How do you spin this as a gift? Autism will piss off America just as all of us parents are growing older and planning on how the hell we leave our precious children behind as autistic adults. THIS is what ignoring and sugarcoating and epidemic will do to a nation. And it was entirely avoidable if we have been allowed to seek an actual CURE for autism without being told we were crazy people. If researchers didn't have to fear for their careers and so they chose to focus on eye gaze studies until our eyes glazed over. If epidemiologists and psychiatrists hadn't commandeered funding and studies. If pharma hadn't become the greediest most ruthless industry since... forever, denying that vaccine injury causes autism. If the media had any cojones at all and didn't bend over for advertisers and produce propaganda in fictional and news programming. If President Obama hadn't been fooled by the Neurodiversity movement. If President Trump doesn't start remembering his promises to the community. Ready for the bill, America? You won't be able to pay for the electricity to run those stupid blue lightbulbs when it comes. Open your wallet - you should have opened your eyes and hearts. Kim
Autism's costs estimated to be $500 billion, potentially $1 trillion, by 2025
UC Davis health economists have for the first time projected the total costs of caring for all people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. for the current calendar year and in 10 years if effective interventions and preventive treatments for the condition are not identified and widely available.
Their forecasts for ASD-related medical, nonmedical and productivity losses are $268 billion for 2015 and $461 billion for 2025. The researchers noted that these estimates are conservative and, if ASD prevalence continues to increase as it has in recent years, the costs could reach $1 trillion by 2025.
The study is published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
“The current costs of ASD are more than double the combined costs of stroke and hypertension and on a par with the costs of diabetes,” said study senior author Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences and researcher with the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research at UC Davis. “There should be at least as much public, research and government attention to finding the causes and best treatments for ASD as there is for these other major diseases.”
Leigh hopes his findings inspire policy changes that emphasize early intervention to reduce ASD symptoms, along with employment and other programs that support the independence of adults with the disorder.
“This approach would ultimately save money that otherwise would be spent on expensive custodial care,” Leigh said.
Leigh worked with co-author Juan Du, who received her doctoral degree at UC Davis, to determine the per-person and then total costs of ASD using data on medical services, residential care, special education, in-home care, transportation, employment support and lost productivity. Their information came from a variety of sources, including research literature, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The evaluations included cost ranges that accounted for age, because services for people with ASD change throughout their lifespans, and the presence or lack of intellectual disability (formerly called “mental retardation”), which affects the intensity of services, along with varied estimates of population changes and ASD prevalence.
The team found that the comprehensive costs of ASD will range from $162 to $367 billion for 2015 (with the researchers’ best estimate of $268 billion) and from $276 to $1 trillion (with the researchers’ best estimate of $461 billion) for 2025. The 2015 figures are on a par with recent cost estimates for diabetes and exceed the combined costs of stroke and hypertension. If the prevalence of ASD continues to grow as it has in recent years, the costs likely will far exceed those of diabetes by 2025. Read more here, if you have the stomach.