According to a recent report by the New York City Health Department, $6.5 billion is spent on diabetic patient care per annum. According to the findings, costs are climbing fast. New York has approximately 500,000 diabetics .
The health commissioner in the city, Thomas Friede, reportedly commented: “Diabetes is not only hurting our health, it’s hurting our wallets. The cost of treating diabetes is an unsustainable burden on our health system and economy.”
The cost is made up of a vast array of hospitalisations and operations. Complications such as kidney failure and amputations pushed the expenditure up, as did less serious hospital visits. Diabetic patients in New York were hospitalised more than the national average.
The true cost of healthcare for diabetes is becoming apparent. The concerns were raised at the Democratic primary presidential debate on Monday.

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