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Five Most Costly Medical Conditions Among Children and Adults

According to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey [MEPS], the five costliest conditions for children under age 18 are:

  1. Mental disorders
  2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma
  3. Trauma-related disorders
  4. Acute bronchitis and upper respiratory infections
  5. Infectious diseases

For the adult population, these are the five most expensive conditions:

  1. Trauma-related disorders
  2. Cancer
  3. Mental disorders
  4. Heart conditions
  5. Arthritis and other non-traumatic joint disorders

Sources:

Soni A. Top five most costly conditions among children, ages 1-17, 2012: estimates for the U.S. civilian noninstutionalized population. MEPS Statistical Brief, April 2015. http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st472/stat472.pdf

Soni A. Top five most costly conditions among adults age 18 and older, 2012: estimates for the U.S. civilian noninstutionalized population. MEPS Statistical Brief, April 2015. http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st471/stat471.pdf

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