Thursday June 29th 2017

Diabetes-related spending increased

In 2014, health care spending for people with diabetes covered by employer-sponsored insurance grew at a much faster pace, rising nearly 6 percent compared to 3.2 percent for people without diabetes, according to a study released by the Health Care Cost Institute. Spending on people with diabetes reached $16,021 per capita in 2014, an $897 increase from the year before, and over $10,000 higher than per capita spending for people without diabetes.

The rise in spending was partially due to an increase in the number of emergency department visits and use of prescriptions among people with diabetes, which rose at an average annual rate of 8.1 percent and 8.7 percent respectively from 2012-2014.

The 2014 Diabetes Health Care Cost and Utilization Report examines how much is  spent on health care for adults and children with diabetes, where those dollars are spent, and how that compares to people without diabetes. It is based on the health care claims of more than 40 million Americans younger than 65 covered by employer-sponsored insurance from 2012 to 2014. People diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes accounted for 5 percent of the employer-sponsored insurance population in 2014.

“Understanding how and where we spend health care dollars for people with diabetes is the first step in assessing how well the health care system is working and where improvements can be made,” said HCCI Senior Researcher Amanda Frost.

While people with diabetes had twice as many doctor and ER visits and took over five times more prescription drugs than those without diabetes, they also used more services related to mental health and cardiovascular disease at higher rates.

To read the report, go to www.healthcostinstitute.org/2014-diabetes-report.

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