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Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2002


  • Tim Dall

    (The Lewin Group)

  • Plamen Nikolov

    (Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies - Johns Hopkins University)

  • Paul Hogan

    (The Lewin Group)


The study highlights the large and rising cost of the disease: an estimated $132 billion, or approximately $92 billion in direct healthcare expenditures and $40 billion in lost productivity attributed to missed workdays, disability, and early mortality. After adjusting for differences in demographics between the two populations, the study finds that people with diabetes incur healthcare costs approximately 2.4 times higher than people without diabetes. One- third of the approximately 17 million people in the U.S. with diabetes remain undiagnosed, $132 billion represents a conservative estimate. Moreover, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes increases with age and is higher among certain racial and ethnic minority populations, which portends a substantial increase in incidence of the disease (and its associated costs) as the nation grows older and becomes more racially and ethnically diverse.

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  • Tim Dall & Plamen Nikolov & Paul Hogan, 2003. "Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2002," HEW 0306001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwphe:0306001
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    1. Martin Wong & Michael Leung & Caroline Tsang & S. Lo & Sian Griffiths, 2013. "The rising tide of diabetes mellitus in a Chinese population: a population-based household survey on 121,895 persons," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 58(2), pages 269-276, April.
    2. Suther, Sandra & Battle, Arrie M. & Battle-Jones, Felecia & Seaborn, Cynthia, 2016. "Utilizing health ambassadors to improve type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease outcomes in Gadsden County, Florida," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 17-26.
    3. Jörn Moock & Franz Hessel & Diana Ziegeler & Thomas Kubiak & Thomas Kohlmann, 2010. "Development and Testing of the Insulin Treatment Experience Questionnaire (ITEQ)," The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, Springer;Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, vol. 3(1), pages 45-58, March.
    4. Paul Windrum & Manuel García-Go-i & Eileen Fairhurst, 2010. "Innovation in Public Health Care: Diabetes Education in the UK," Chapters,in: The Handbook of Innovation and Services, chapter 6 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    5. Simon Condliffe & Charles R. Link & Shreekant Parasuraman & Michael F. Pollack, 2013. "The effects of hypertension and obesity on total health-care expenditures of diabetes patients in the United States," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(7), pages 649-652, May.
    6. Till Seuring & Olga Archangelidi & Marc Suhrcke, 2015. "The Economic Costs of Type 2 Diabetes: A Global Systematic Review," PharmacoEconomics, Springer, vol. 33(8), pages 811-831, August.

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    diabetes economic costs mellitus U.S.;

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    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other

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