People suffering from ASTHMA ....3

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Posted in 2018

What Are the Costs of Asthma?

  • From 2008-2013, the annual economic cost of asthma was more than $81.9 billion – including medical costs and loss of work and school days:
    • $3 billion in losses due to missed work and school days 
    • $29 billion due to asthma-related mortality, and
    • $50.3 billion in medical costs
  • The annual per-person incremental medical cost of asthma was $3,266 (in 2015 U.S. dollars). 
  • Among children ages 5 to 17, asthma is one of the top causes of missed school days. In 2013, it accounted for more than 13.8 million missed school days.

What Ethnic Groups Have Higher Asthma Rates?

  • See AAFA’s groundbreaking research report on Disparities in Asthma Care. It was published with the National Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Racial/ethnic differences in asthma frequency, illness and death are highly connected with poverty, city air quality, indoor allergens, not enough patient education and poor health care.
  • The rate of asthma and the prevalence of asthma episodes is highest among Puerto Ricans compared to all ethnic groups.
  • African-American children have the highest prevalence of asthma.
  • African-Americans in the U.S. die from asthma at a higher rate than people of other races or ethnicities.
  • African-Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma, especially African-American women, than any other group.
  • African-Americans are three times more likely to stay in the hospital from asthma.
  • About 13.4 percent of African-American children have asthma, compared to about 7.4 percent of white children with asthma.

Do Men or Women Have Higher Rates of Asthma?​

  • 9.8 percent of women aged 18 years or older have asthma, compared to 5.4 percent of men.
  • Women are more likely to die from asthma than men.
  • 19 million adults 18 years and older currently have asthma.
  • An average of 1 out of every 12 school-aged children has asthma.
  • 3.4 percent of children with asthma are more likely to use a hospital emergency room.
  • Boys are more likely to have asthma than girls. But women are more likely to have asthma than men.
  • Adults are nearly four times more likely than children to die from asthma.


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