Out-of-pocket costs decline for patients with diabetes

Out-of-pocket costs decline for patients with diabetes

(HealthDay)—During the past decade, out-of-pocket (OOP) costs have declined for individuals with diabetes, according to research published online March 25 in Diabetes Care.

Rui Li, Ph.D., of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues used 2001 to 2011 data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to assess trends in OOP for individuals aged 18 to 64 years with .

The researchers found that the proportion of individuals with diabetes who have high OOP costs dropped by 5 percentage points (P < 0.01). In 2011, 23 percent of individuals with diabetes had a high OOP burden. During the study period, significant changes occurred in the proportions of diabetes patients who were publicly insured (22 percent decrease) or uninsured (12 percent decrease). No significant changes in OOP costs occurred in with private insurance or middle-to-high incomes, but significant reductions were observed for those who were poor and near-poor (21 percent decrease) and low-income (13 percent decrease).

"The past decade has seen a narrowing of insurance coverage and income-related disparities in high OOP burden in people with diabetes, yet almost one-fourth of all people with diabetes still face a high OOP burden," the authors write.


Explore further

Many adults with diabetes have no insurance coverage

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Journal information: Diabetes Care

Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Out-of-pocket costs decline for patients with diabetes (2014, April 24) retrieved 18 January 2020 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-04-out-of-pocket-decline-patients-diabetes.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments