Monday, January 30, 2017

Birth Defects Account for 5.2% of Hospital Costs

The CDC recently released an analysis of the hospitalization costs associated with birth defects. Here are some key findings from the report:

Structural or genetic birth defects affect 3% of live births in the U.S.
20% of infant deaths in the U.S. are due to birth defects.
Birth defects accounted for 3% of all hospitalizations.
5.2% of total hospital costs are attributable to birth defects.
Birth defect–associated hospitalizations cost $22.9 billion in 2013.
Cardiovascular defects accounted for 14% of birth defect hospitalizations.

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