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Patients with diabetes face higher health care costs

July 30, 2015

Patients living with diabetes incur significantly higher health care costs, the majority of which resulted from hospital inpatient stays and prescription costs, compared with people without diabetes, according to recent study findings.

In the retrospective study, Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS, of the Medical University of South Carolina, and colleagues used the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component (MEPS-HC) to assess a weighted population representing 189,013,514 adults aged 17 years and older from 2002 to 2011. The MEPS offers nationally representative approximations of health care utilization, expenses, payment sources and health insurance coverage for the U.S. civilian community-dwelling population.

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