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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%.

Reference

Title
The Dangerous Toll of Diabetes
Authors
American Diabetes Association
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Economic Burden

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