Silver Book Fact

Medicare beneficiaries with diabetic macular edema (DME) had 31% higher 1-year costs and 29% higher 3-year costs compared to diabetic Medicare beneficiaries without DME.

Shea A, Curtis L, Hammill B, Kowalski J, et al. Resource Use and Costs Associated with Diabetic Macular Edema in Elderly Persons. Arch Opthalmol. 2008; 126(12): 1748-54. http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/126/12/1748

Reference

Title
Resource Use and Costs Associated with Diabetic Macular Edema in Elderly Persons
Publication
Arch Opthalmol
Publication Date
2008
Authors
Shea A, Curtis L, Hammill B, Kowalski J, et al
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 12
Pages
1748-54
URL
Read Full Resource

Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

Related Facts

  • Hospitalization rates for heart attack are 1.8 times higher in adults with diabetes, than in adults without the disease.  
  • The risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke is 2-4 times greater in people with diabetes, compared to unaffected people.  
  • Death rates are 1.5 times higher in adults with diabetes, than in adults without the disease.  
  • Seniors with diagnosed diabetes in a large representative sample of United Healthcare’s Medicare Advantage members had average costs in 2009 that were 33 percent higher than those for the remainder…  
  • Approximately 40.7 million of the 186 million hospital inpatient days in 2007 were incurred by people with diabetes, and 24.3 million more are attributed to diabetes.