The Costs of Autism are Up to $2.4 Million Per Family

June 10, 2014 3:36 PM

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The medical costs of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be quite heavy. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine found that families with a child suffering from the health issue could pay anywhere from $1.4 million to $2.4 million for behavioral therapy and medication. A recent study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, examines the diagnosis of this behavioral disorder and the financial toll it can take on involved parties.

"When we think about what is needed to support people with autism, we so often look to medical care for that support," said study senior author David Mandell, director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, in a new...

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