| ||In 2005, the annual societal economic cost (medical, educational, and lost productivity) associated with preterm birth in the United States was at least $26.2 billion. |
| ||During that same year the average first year medical costs, including both inpatient and outpatient care were about 10 times greater for preterm ($32,325) than for term infants ($3,325). |
| ||According to a recent analysis by Thomson Reuters, while health plans paid the majority of total allowed costs, out of pocket expenses were substantial and significantly higher for premature/LBW newborns compared with uncomplicated newborns. |
Institute of Medicine. 2007. Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention. National Academy Press, Washington, D.C. Published and unpublished analyses.
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