August 23, 2012

OF TOKENS AND BILLIONS:

Fewer circumcisions could cost the US billions, says study (AFP, August 22, 2012)

As debate rages over the ethics of infant circumcision, a study published Monday said falling rates of the once-routine procedure in the United States could cost billions of dollars in health costs.

"We find that each circumcision not performed will lead to US$313 (RM980) of increased expenditures over that lifetime," said senior investigator Aaron Tobian, of the Johns Hopkins University team that did the study. [...]

In all, the nearly 25 per cent drop in circumcisions since the 1980s could run up a tab of about US$2 billion in health care costs, the study found.

And if US circumcision rates were to drop as low as one in 10, the average across Europe, the research team estimated the associated rise in medical expenses would total US$4.4 billion over the lifetimes of a decade of babies.


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