Georgia Tech Researchers Examine Medicaid Costs for Children

School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISyE) Professor Julie Swann, Associate Professor Nicoleta Serban, and Ph.D. student Pravara Harati have analyzed six years of Medicaid claims for every child in ten U.S. states to compare the differences in cost for different types of patients based on their level of health and income. They found that healthy children are actually 50 to 60 percent of the total cost in the Medicaid system in Georgia for example.

“One of the reasons that it’s different is that those headlines are primarily based on hospital costs,” explained Swann. “But when you look at the total cost in the system, including physician visits, laboratories, and medications, that’s when you find that 50 to 60 percent of the cost is taken up with these healthier patients.” Read more