Care costs for patients with diabetes totaled 23 percent of what hospitals spent overall to treat all conditions in 2008.
US hospitals spent $83 billion in 2008 caring for people with diabetes, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In that year, nearly one of every five hospitalizations involved a person with diabetes.
This amount is 23 percent of what hospitals spent overall to treat all conditions in 2008. The expenditures included costs associated with more than 540,000 hospital stays specifically for diabetes and roughly 7.2 million stays for patients who had other conditions in addition to diabetes. For example, a person with diabetes may be admitted primarily for heart disease, kidney damage, infection, or foot or leg amputation.
The federal agency's analysis also shows that:
This AHRQ News and Numbers is based on data in Hospital Stays for Patients with Diabetes, 2008. The report uses statistics from the 2008 Nationwide Impatient Sample, a part of AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality