Food allergies cost U.S. $25 billion a year

from Families with a child with food allergies know keeping their kids safe can be costly, especially when it comes to medical treatment and missed work in the event of an incident.

A new study puts a number on those costs across the United States: $25 billion a year.

Researchers report in the Sept. 16 issue of JAMA Pediatrics that the U.S. health care system and families are hit with a heavy tab when it comes to medical care, purchasing allergy-free foods and other out-of-pocket expenses for these children.

In summary, childhood food allergy in the United States places a considerable economic burden on families and society,” concluded the study’s authors.

Leave a Reply