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State Costs in Detail - 1998

In 1998, asthma affected an estimated 14.2 million Americans, and cost the economy 10.7 billion dollars*. These total costs were composed of direct medical expenditures of $6.1 billion, and indirect costs of $4.6 billion. This is how asthma affected those under 18 years old and those 18 or more years old:


 
Estimated
Prevalence

(per 100
population)
Persons
with
asthma

(millions)
Direct
Medical
Expenditures

(millions of $)

Indirect
Costs

(millions of $)
Total Costs
(millions of $)
All 5.44 14.16 6,107.6 4,640.6 10,748.3
17 or Under 7.34 4.98 1,958.2 1,215.5 3,173.7
18 or Over 4.77 9.18 4,149.4 3,425.1 7,574.5


We have estimated the prevalence and cost of asthma in each state in the US, and each county with a population of at least 100,000 people. Select a state below to view these estimates.

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NOTE * These estimates were developed at the Center for Health Services Research at the Rush Primary Care Institute and stem from the article “Trends in the costs of asthma in the United States, 1985-1994,” scheduled to be published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Sept. 2000. See the methodology page for a fuller explanation

 
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