The Cost of Diabetes to the Healthcare System
October 20, 2010•13 min
Host: Bruce Japsen
Guest: Joanna Jiang, MD
The new health reform law will take steps to encourage patients to use preventive tests and screenings to head off chronic conditions, like diabetes, that extract a huge toll on the nation's&nbsp;medical care&nbsp;budget. Exactly how much doe diabetes care cost the medical system, and where is the money going?&nbsp;Dr. Joanna Jiang, senior research scientist at the AHRQ (the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), tells host Bruce Japsen about the origin of hospital costs and its surprising toll on the system.