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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, Alisa M., Lesley H. Curtis, Bradley G. Hammill, Jonathan W. Kowalski, Arliene Ravelo, Paul P. Lee, Frank A. Sloan, and Kevin A. Schulman. 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, Alisa M., Lesley H. Curtis, Bradley G. Hammill, Jonathan W. Kowalski, Arliene Ravelo, Paul P. Lee, Frank A. Sloan, and Kevin A. Schulman
Volume & Issue
Volume 126, Issue 12
Pages
1748-54
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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