Premature Births Linked To Air Pollution Cost The US $4.3B A Year
Costs include not only intensive care immediately after birth, but also economic loss from disabilities as a result of premature birth.By Evan Thomas | March 29, 2016
Premature births linked to air pollution cost the U.S. more than $4 billion in 2010, according to a new study.
Nearly 16,000 premature births — a little more than 3 percent of all premature births in the U.S. — are linked to harmful particulates in the air. Urban areas saw the highest impacts.
New analysis published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives tallied the yearly costs: $760 million for extended hospital stays and medication, and $3.57 billion of economic output lost because of disabilities linked to premature births.