Diabetics May Double in 25 Years, Increasing Health Costs $200 Billion
Diabetics in U.S. May Double in 25 Years, Tripling Health Costs
The number of Americans with diabetes may almost double in 25 years, and the annual cost of treating them may triple to $336 billion, according to a study published today in the journal Diabetes Care.
Without new programs to assure that people get health care to manage their condition, 44.1 million people in the U.S. will have diabetes by 2034, from 23.7 million today, the report said. The number of diabetics on Medicare, the government plan for the elderly, will reach 14.1 million from 6.5 million today.
The analysis by O’Grady and his colleagues included the impact of aging and obesity rates
The broken health care system needs to be fixed. We continue to spend huge amounts of money and yet fail to take sensible steps to improve outcomes (see our recent post for another example of failing to focus on outcome measures).
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