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US Spends $25 Billion Annually on Food Allergies

Kids’ food allergies cost the US approximately $25 billion a year, the Los Angeles Times reports. The finding is based on a study in JAMA Pediatrics that used a cross sectional survey of 1,643 caregivers of children with food allergies. According to the findings, about $4.3 billion are spent on hospital and doctors visits, about $5.5 billion spent on special foods or accommodations and about $14.4 billion was accounted for by parental work-related opportunity loss, such as being prevented from taking certain jobs due to obligations in care-taking. “After excluding medical expenses that would be covered by health insurance, the costs borne by families was $20.5 billion.”

Read the article published by the Los Angeles Times.

Read the study in JAMA Pediatrics.