Autism Costs U.S. Billions of Dollars Each Year

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Political Contributions From Physicians Shifting to Democrats
Annual spending on U.S. adults and children with autism spectrum disorders is between $235 billion and $262 billion.

The annual cost of supporting U.S. children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is between $236 billion and $262 billion, depending on the prevalence of associated intellectual disabilities, researchers estimated. Lifetime costs are similar in the United Kingdom, although a lower number of people with ASDs reduces the annual costs, Mandell and colleagues reported online in JAMA Pediatrics.

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