The cost of prematurity: hospital charges at birth and frequency of rehospitalizations and acute care visits over the first year of life: a comparison by gestational age and birth weight.

@article{Cuevas2005TheCO,
  title={The cost of prematurity: hospital charges at birth and frequency of rehospitalizations and acute care visits over the first year of life: a comparison by gestational age and birth weight.},
  author={Katherine D Cuevas and Debra R Silver and Dorothy A Brooten and JoAnne M Youngblut and Charles M Bobo},
  journal={The American journal of nursing},
  year={2005},
  volume={105 7},
  pages={56-64; quiz 65}
}
The proportion of preterm and low-birth-weight infants has been growing steadily for two decades. Most of the more than US 10 billion dollars spent on neonatal care in the United States in 2003 was spent on the 12.3% of infants who were born preterm. Research has shown higher initial hospital costs and a higher rate of acute care visits and rehospitalization for preterm and low-birth-weight infants, but only a limited number of studies of the cost of prematurity that follow infants through the… CONTINUE READING
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