By Kathleen Blanchard RN on January 9, 2011 – 6:58pm for eMaxHealth
Survey findings show diabetes treatment has more than doubled in the United states since 1996.
In a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 19 million people reported being treated for diabetes, compared to 9 million over the 11 year period, also resulting in huge increases in health dollar spending.
Total prescription drugs costs for diabetes treatment quadrupled, found in the survey. The cost of treating diabetes rose from $4 billion to $19 billion. For patients, the out of pocket cost spending for diabetes drugs increased from $495 in 1996 to $1,048 a year in 2007.
Other findings include an increase in people treated who are over 65 years old. The survey found a spike from 4.3 million to 8 million, and in the age 45 to 64 age group diabetes care jumped from 3.6 million to 8.9 million people. In the 18 to 44 year-old group, the increase went from 1.2 million to 2.4 million.