The costs of prematurity

A review of published literature since 1990 summarized the results of eighteen studies reporting the costs of prematurity. These studies varied in methodology and in the types of subjects included. There was considerable variability across studies in costs within the same gestational age category. Using four studies from the US that used similar methodologies, the mean costs were over $100,000 for extreme prematurity (less than 28 weeks gestation), between $40,000 – $100,000 for early prematurity (28 – 31 weeks gestation), between $10,000 and $30,000 for moderate prematurity (32 – 34 weeks gestation), and below $4,500 for late prematurity (35 – 36 weeks gestation).

Economic analysis of costs associated with prematurity. Soilly et al, 2014.