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DR Treatment Savings in the US

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Every year, the U.S. saves an estimated $1.6 billion by treating DR.

Reference

Title
Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment and Care
Publication Date
Published May 2016
Authors
Lighthouse International
URL
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