Journal of Pediatric Neurology
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1722265
Original Article

Cost Effectiveness of Whole Exome Sequencing for Children with Developmental Delay in a Developing Country: A Study from Jordan

1  Division of Child Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Hanan Hamamy
2  Department of Genetic Medicine and Development, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Funding None.


This retrospective study was aiming to determine the cost effectiveness of whole exome sequencing (WES) in the diagnosis of children with developmental delay in a developing country. In this study of 40 patients, the average cost of traditional investigations and indirect costs related to rehabilitation and medications per child were USD847 and 6,585 per year, respectively. With a current cost for WES of approximately USD1,200, we concluded that performing WES could be cost effective, even in countries with limited resources, as it provides the option for genetic counseling in affected families with an ultimate reduction of overall financial burden to both parents and health care system.

Publication History

Received: 28 June 2019

Accepted: 19 September 2019

Publication Date:
02 February 2021 (online)

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