The high cost of living with diabetes

Diabetes is a costly chronic condition in the United States, medi-
cal costs and productivity loss attributable to diabetes were es-
timated to be $245 billion in 2012.1 In this issue brief, for indi-
viduals covered by employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) and
younger than age 65, per capita spending for people with a di-
agnosis of diabetes was compared to those without a diagnosis
for the years 2009 through 2013. During that period, spending
for individuals with diabetes increased by roughly $1,000 to
about $15,000 per capita. The average per capita spending
difference between people with and without diabetes was
$10,310 (Figure 1).


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