• The total charges for hospitalization due to asthma in Massachusetts increased 82.5% from $57 million in 2002 to $104 million in 2013.
  • In 2013, public insurance (including Free Care, Medicare, and Medicaid) was the expected payer for 66.61% of hospitalizations due to asthma.

Figure 2. Total Charges for Hospitalizations Due to Asthma, Massachusetts Residents, 2002-2013

chart showing asthma hospital charges

Data source:

  • CY2002-2013 Massachusetts Hospitalization Discharge Database, Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis

Disparities Exist in Hospitalizations, Emergency Department Visits, and Outpatient Observation Stays by age, gender and race/ethnicity.

  • Adults ages 65 years and older had the 2nd highest rate of hospitalization due to asthma, but had the lowest rates of emergency department visits and outpatient observation stays due to asthma.
  • From 2002 through 2013, Black, non-Hispanics and Hispanics consistently had significantly higher age-adjusted rates of hospitalization due to asthma than White, non-Hispanics. Children ages 0-4 years had the highest rates of emergency department visits, outpatient observation stays, and hospitalization due to asthma

Figure 3 Age-Specific Rates of Emergency Department (ED) Visits Due to Asthma, Massachusetts Residents, 2009-2013

chart showing age-specific rates of emergency department visits due to asthma for Massachusetts residents, 2009-2013

For more information about Massachusetts asthma statistics, please contact prevention.wellness@state.ma.us.

Data source:

  • CY2011-2013 Massachusetts Emergency Department Discharge Database, Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis

This information is provided by the Asthma Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.