Economic burden of maternal mortality in the USA, 2018-2020.

TitleEconomic burden of maternal mortality in the USA, 2018-2020.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsWhite RS, Lui B, Bryant-Huppert J, Chaturvedi R, Hoyler M, Aaronson J
JournalJ Comp Eff Res
Date Published2022 Sep
KeywordsEthnicity, Financial Stress, Hispanic or Latino, Humans, Life Expectancy, Maternal Mortality, United States

Aim: To evaluate the economic burden of age- and race/ethnicity-based US maternal mortality disparities. Economic burden is estimated by years of potential life lost (YPLL) and value of statistical life (VSL). Methods: Maternal mortality counts (2018-2020) were obtained from the CDC Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research database. Life-expectancy data were obtained from the Social Security actuarial tables. YPLL and VSL were calculated and stratified by age (classified as under 25, 25-39, and 40 and over) and race/ethnicity (classified as Hispanic, non-Hispanic White, non-Hispanic Black). Results: Economic measures associated with maternal mortality increased by an estimated 30%, from a YPLL of 32,824 and VSL of US$7.9 billion in 2018 to a YPLL of 43,131 and VSL of US$10.4 billion in 2020. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that age, race and ethnicity are major drivers of the US maternal mortality economic burden.

Alternate JournalJ Comp Eff Res
PubMed ID35833509
Grant ListMRTG-08-15-2021-White (Robert) / / Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research /