Association of Pediatric Hospitalizations and Unemployment

 Friday, October 9, 2020

A study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that for every 1 percent increase in unemployment, there is a 5 percent increase in pediatric hospitalizations for substance abuse, a 4 percent increase for diabetes, a 2 percent increase for poisoning and burns, and a 2 percent increase for medically complex children. After studying county-level data in 14 states between 2002 and 2014, researchers concluded that household income reductions lead to reduced medical services, poor housing conditions and increased household stress, all of which increase pediatric hospitalizations.