Diabetes Cost Nears That of Cancer, Report Finds
Diabetes cost the U.S. $174 billion in 2007 in both direct care and lost productivity, an increase over $132 billion in costs related to the disease in 2006, according to a report released on Wednesday by the American Diabetes Association, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (Smith, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/24).
About one million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year, the report said. The condition costs almost as much as cancer, which totaled $206.3 billion in 2006, but fewer people die from diabetes than from cancer, USA Today reports.
The report also found that:
- About half of people with diabetes have health insurance through public health insurance programs;
- About half the cost of treating diabetes comes from inpatient care;
- Diabetes increases hospital stays for other conditions by almost 50%;
- Routine care to treat the condition has a relatively low cost; and
- Most of the cost comes when the disease is unmanaged (Szabo, USA Today, 1/24).
The report is available online (.pdf).Broadcast Coverage
ABC's "World News" on Wednesday reported on the report. The segment includes comments from Ann Albright, president of ADA; Arthur Frank, medical director of the Weight Management Program at George Washington University Hospital; David Nathan, director of the Diabetes Center at Massachusetts General Hospital; and William Russell of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital (Stark, "World News," ABC, 1/23).
A video excerpt of Nathan's comments is available online. Expanded ABC News coverage also is available online.