The $9,000,000,000 U.S. Autism Industry

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Economic Costs / Information from the CDC

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  • It is estimated to cost at least $17,000 more per year to care for a child with ASD compared to a child without ASD. Costs include health care, education, ASD-related therapy, family-coordinated services, and caregiver time. For a child with more severe ASD, costs per year increase to over $21,000. Taken together, it is estimated that total societal costs of caring for children with ASD were over $9 billion in 2011. [Read article]
  • Children and adolescents with ASD had average medical expenditures that exceeded those without ASD by $4,110–$6,200 per year. On average, medical expenditures for children and adolescents with ASD were 4.1–6.2 times greater than for those without ASD. Differences in median expenditures ranged from $2,240 to $3,360 per year with median expenditures 8.4–9.5 times greater. [Read article]
  • In 2005, the average annual medical costs for Medicaid-enrolled children with ASD were $10,709 per child, which was about six times higher than costs for children without ASD ($1,812). [Read summary http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/features/autism-keyfindings2012.html)]
  • In addition to medical costs, intensive behavioral interventions for children with ASD cost $40,000 to $60,000 per child per year.[11](http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html#references)

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Does anyone believe that a 9 billion dollar per year (and growing) industry in the U.S. alone, is not driven by the recent proliferation and expansion of diagnosis, and the greed-based opportunity for lifelong profits that psychology and related “caring, fixing, helping” industries are guaranteed?

This does not include University programs, research, corporate and academic grants, seminars, books, videos etc. Or the pharmaceutical industry.

 

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