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People in Developing Countries Pay More for Diabetes Care and Have Poorer Health Results

Oct 29, 2009
 

People in Developing Countries Pay More for Diabetes Care and Have Poorer Health Results: Type 2 diabetes is often seen as a condition affecting older, unproductive adults in wealthy countries. However, the reality is that 70% of people with diabetes now live in low and middle-income countries and the economic impact of diabetes is much greater in poorer countries. Yet the majority of the spending, 90% of all medical expenditures for diabetes care, is made in the United States, Canada, the countries of Western Europe, and other wealthy countries. This is the conclusion of the most comprehensive investigation of the economic impact of diabetes ever to be conducted in low and-middle-income countries.  International Diabetes Federation 2009