Inpatient Care for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change – NHS Diabetes – 2 November 2011

Posted on November 14, 2011. Filed under: Diabetes, Health Economics |

Inpatient Care for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change – NHS Diabetes – 2 November 2011

“NHS Diabetes is today calling for more investment in specialist diabetes care to reduce the estimated £600 million excess spend on treating diabetes in hospitals identified in a new report.

People with diabetes are more likely to be admitted to hospital and have longer stays than people of the same age without the condition.

The research, titled ‘Inpatient Care for People with Diabetes: The Economic Case for Change (PDF 10.5MB)’, found that the NHS in England spends more than £2.3 billion a year[1] on inpatient care for people with diabetes. That’s 11% of NHS inpatient care expenditure.

About £600 million of this outlay is estimated to be excess expenditure on diabetes – that is, over and above the sum spent on a population of the same age and gender without the condition. Inpatient care for someone with diabetes costs the NHS 35% more a year than care for someone of the same age without diabetes.

In spite of these high levels of expenditure, the report presents evidence that diabetes inpatient care is poor in many areas. Specialist diabetes inpatient teams can improve outcomes for patients and generate savings that substantially outweigh the cost of such teams.”

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