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The Reason for Higher Health Costs for Diabetes

Any new medications will be over $300 a month, which is one of the main reasons for higher costs for those with diabetes. The other high cost is for inpatient care. A study in Diabetes Care found that patients with diabetes had more than twice the unadjusted mean direct health expenditures from 2002 to 2012 than those without the disease. Researchers also found the estimated unadjusted total direct expenditures for diabetes patients was $218.6 billion annually and adjusted total incremental expenditures were about $46 billion annually. Relative to individuals without diabetes ($5,058), individuals with diabetes ($12,180) had more than double the unadjusted mean direct expenditures over the 10-year period. — Diabetes Care July 22, 2015