Diabetes treatment more than doubled in eleven years

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Survey findings show diabetes treatment has more than doubled in the United states since 1996.

In a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 19 million people reported being treated for diabetes, compared to 9 million over the 11 year period, also resulting in huge increases in health dollar spending.

Total prescription drugs costs for diabetes treatment quadrupled, found in the survey. The cost of treating diabetes rose from $4 billion to $19 billion. For patients, the out of pocket cost spending for diabetes drugs increased from $495 in 1996 to $1,048 a year in 2007.

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Other findings include an increase in people treated who are over 65 years old. The survey found a spike from 4.3 million to 8 million, and in the age 45 to 64 age group diabetes care jumped from 3.6 million to 8.9 million people. In the 18 to 44 year-old group, the increase went from 1.2 million to 2.4 million.

The cost of outpatient care doubled for diabetes treatment, from $5 billion dollars to $10 billion. The statistics that diabetes care has more than doubled is based on the Household Component of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC). The cost of diabetes care for insurers also increased in 2007, from 20.2 percent of total costs of care in 1996 to 30 percent.

Diabetes has continued to plague Americans and the surge in new diagnoses over the last decade are found in the survey to have more than quadrupled total drug spending. The disease often leads to complications, making type 2 diabetes, that can be curbed with lifestyle changes, one of the most costly chronic health conditions faced by Americans and has more than doubled since 1996.

AHRQ Report pdf.

This page is updated on April 18, 2013.

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