Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Food Allergy Bills
A new study published in JAMA in September states what food allergy sufferers already know, having food allergies is an economic burden. Pediatric Food allergies cost the US about $25 billion annually in lost work productivity, family expenses, and medical fees. Yes food allergies cause significant costs to the healtcare system but they cause personal financial hardship as well. Allergen free alternatives are often more expensive.
Foods made in dedicated facilities are often necessary and always expensive. The silver lining in this study is that perhaps awareness will drive research for a cure.