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Diabetes consumes 25% of Medicare’s annual budget.

Investment in Research Saves Lives and Money. http://www.researchamerica.org/advocacy/investment.html. Published 2005

Reference

Title
Investment in Research Saves Lives and Money
Publisher
Research!America
Publication Date
Published 2005
Authors
Research!America
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • 17 million Americans–approximately 6% of the population–have type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes.  
  • The per capita annual cost of health care for a diabetic increased from $10,071 in 1997 to $13,243 in 2002–an increase of more than 30%.  
  • Diabetes consumes 25% of Medicare’s annual budget.  
  • From 2009 – 2012, 71% of adults with diabetes had high blood pressure or used medications to lower their HBP.  
  • In 2003-2006, 22.9% of Americans 60 years and over had diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.