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In 2005, the national government spent more on diabetes than on the entire budget for the Department of Education. One out of every eight dollars spent by the federal government on healthcare (twelve percent of all healthcare expenditures) went to diabetes.
Of the 21 departments in the federal government, eighteen spent money on diabetes, and the total added up to 79.7 billion dollars. In one year.
The study, commissioned by Novo Nordisk, was presented at a meeting of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus, which is made up of 250 lawmakers and is the largest caucus in Congress. The authors of the study reported that of the nearly eighty billion dollars spent in 2005, only 3.9 billion were used for prevention and education.
Given that the number of Americans with diabetes is expected to double by 2025, the authors urged those in power to get it together and put more effort into prevention. Because there is currently no head on the uncoordinated body of diabetes efforts, the authors also called for the creation of a diabetes czar to oversee the conglomeration of programs with diabetes-related responsibilities.
Source: Novo Nordisk National Changing Diabetes website
Jul 12, 2007