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[IP] Use the most???
Article Said>>>>>>>>>"Though diabetes patients only accounted
for 1.6 percent of the total population, they incurred 9.4 percent of
the costs. Compared with the total population, overall rates of use
of inpatient services were more than four times higher for all
diabetes patients, three times higher for type 2 diabetes patients
and more than seven times higher for type 1diabetes patients.
Diabetes patients used approximately five times the amount of
inpatient services ">>>>>>>>.Snip
Some questions come immediately to mind.......
Compare use and cost of Cancer patients, use and cost of those
with MS, or Lukemia, or any other life threatening/chronic disease.
If the results of those tests still had diabetics costing/using the
services most, it would bother me.
Secondly, the Type 1s here are much more knowledgeable and
aware of all the things that go along with Diabetes and much more
likely (hypothesis) to take preventative measures to avoid greater
costs for complications.
There needs to be a comparison between those who visit doctors
more and those who don't and how much is saved by those who do
visit docs more as compared to those who don't go until it is too
late and expensive complication has set in.
What do y'all think? Yerachmiel, thanks for posting this. It has
given me food for thought! That is always a good thing.
I refuse to stand alone (as type 1 diabetics) and take the rap for
increasing insurance rates!!!
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