Diabetes costs gov't $80 billion

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

WASHINGTON - One out of every eight federal healthcare dollars is spent on diabetes, according to a study released June 19 by the National Changing Diabetes Program (NCDP). Based on FY 2005 data, the study found the federal government spent $80 billion more to treat diabetics than those without the disease. That represents $645 billion or 12% of total federal healthcare spending.