September 1, 2009

AND DIABETES IS A GENUINE DISEASE:

Study Raises Questions About Cost Savings From Preventive Care (Lori Montgomery, 9/01/09, Washington Post)

Using data from long-standing clinical trials, researchers projected the cost of caring for people with Type 2 diabetes as they progress from diagnosis to various complications and death. Enrolling federally-insured patients in a simple but aggressive program to control the disease would cost the government $1,024 per person per year -- money that largely would be recovered after 25 years through lower spending on dialysis, kidney transplants, amputations and other forms of treatment, the study found.

However, except for the youngest diabetics, the additional services would add to overall health spending, not decrease it, the study shows. [...]

In its own analysis of preventive care, CBO said earlier this month that the cost of making cancer screening, cholesterol management and other services broadly available is likely to far outweigh any savings ultimately generated.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2009 7:31 AM
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