Declining rates of circumcision across the U.S. could lead to $4.4 billion additional health costs
Declining rates in infant circumcision in the U.S. could add more than $4.4 billion in avoidable health costs for sexually transmitted infections, a new study suggests. The decreasing rates are partly due to gaps in insurance coverage meaning that poorer families are choosing not to circumcise their sons because of costs. In as many as 18 U.S. states, the Medicaid health program has reduced funding for the procedure, according to Dr. Aaron Tobian from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The rates of infant male circumcisions has dropped from 79 per cent in the 1970s to approximately 55 per cent today – a decline that has already cost the nation $2 billion, said researchers.