Wednesday 25 April 2012
Diabetes: Most NHS costs wasteful, says Diabetic Medicine.
The majority of NHS spending on diabetes is avoidable, says a report in the journal Diabetic Medicine.
Experts say much of this is preventable with health checks and better education - something the Department of Health says it is tackling.
The report also predicts that by 2035, diabetes will cost the NHS £16.8bn, 17% of its entire budget.
"That's hugely wasteful - in human life, in the quality of human life, and in NHS budgets. We need to stop this now and make sure people get the right sort of care early on in their condition."
At a separate conference in Copenhagen, the cost of diabetes has also been under discussion.
General Yves Leterme, from the Organisation for Economic and Co-operation and Development said: "Preventing and treating diabetes and its complications costs about 90bn euros (£73bn) annually in Europe alone.
"With health budgets already under great pressure and national budgets severely strained, for the sake of our health and the health of our economies we must find ways to prevent and manage diabetes in a cost-effective manner."
Why are the experts always years behind the average informed and well controlled diabetic. Almost all healthcare professionals have seen a remarkable reversal of type two diabetes in some of their patients, and what do we hear ? If it works for you stick with it at best. How DUK have the cheek to comment is a sick joke. It’s the NHS and DUK dietary information that is causing much of the misery and complications. More drugs is not the answer !