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How To Overcome The Complexities of Treatment Decisions For Patients With Type 2 Diabetes, Part 2

Costs vs. Outcomes for Patients With Type 2 Diabetes: The issue of cost in healthcare is a central point in the discussion of the future of medicine. While much is made of the cost of end-of-life care, many of the dollars spent yearly are focused on the treatment of chronic diseases like diabetes. The estimated yearly cost of diabetes care was $245 billion in the U.S. in 2012, the last year for which numbers have been reported. $50 billion of that was related to prescription drug purchases.

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A Way to Motivate Unmotivated Patients

Young man, 21 years of age. type 1 diabetes since 9 years of age. Has not been to see hcp for a year. States he doesn’t like people interrogating him, but came in because he needs his insulin. States he doesn’t check his glucose because he can tell what it is. Tired of having type 1 diabetes and tired of checking numbers. A1C in office--10.2%.

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