Work Group IX: Financial Issues in the Care of Children with HIV Infection
1.) Because reliable data are scarce, we can make only rough estimates of the health care costs of pediatric HIV infection. Given the limitations of the current surveillance definition of AIDS and the underreporting, a projection of 10,000 pediatric cases with symptomatic HIV infection by 1991 seems probable. A number of studies has found hospital utilization of 30 to 40 days per year per child. For those children who cannot be discharged because of extraordinary placement and care problems, the figures are much higher.