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Table 2 Beneficiaries and health care costs according to the Charlson comorbidity index

From: Medicaid managed care: how to target efforts to reduce costs

Comorbidity Number of beneficiaries Percent of beneficiaries Total costs Percent of costs Unadjusted cost per person Adjusted cost per person
Adults
1,203 54.2% $886,611 30.9% $737 $774
1 605 27.3% $459,195 16.0% $760 $741
2-3 137 6.2% $299,208 10.4% $2,184 $2,100
≥4 183 8.3% $843,996 29.4% $4,672 $4,553
All 2,128   $2,489,010    
Children
0 2,089 87.2% $607,899 62.1% $291 $295
1 286 11.9% $336,622 34.4% $1,177 $1,152
2-3 5 0.2% $6,250 0.6% $1,251 $1,442
≥4 12 0.5% $12,228 1.3% $1,020 $111
All 2,392   $962,999    
  1. ¥ excludes 94 pregnant women 75 pregnant women with a comorbidity score of 1 had an average cost of $3,621, while the 16 women with a comorbidity score of 1 had costs of $5,470.
  2. Adjusted costs are adjusted for age, gender, mental health, and addiction.