The cost of diabetes in adults in Australia

Man Ying Lee, Crystal, Colagiuri, Ruth, Magliano, Dianna J., Cameron, Adrian J., Shaw, Jonathan, Zimmet, Paul and Colagiuri, Stephen 2013, The cost of diabetes in adults in Australia, Diabetes research and clinical practice, vol. 99, no. 3, pp. 385-390.

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Title The cost of diabetes in adults in Australia
Author(s) Man Ying Lee, Crystal
Colagiuri, Ruth
Magliano, Dianna J.
Cameron, Adrian J.ORCID iD for Cameron, Adrian J.
Shaw, Jonathan
Zimmet, Paul
Colagiuri, Stephen
Journal name Diabetes research and clinical practice
Volume number 99
Issue number 3
Start page 385
End page 390
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 0168-8227
Keyword(s) diabetes
direct health cost
Summary Aims:
To assess and compare costs associated with diabetes and lesser degrees of glucose intolerance in Australia.

The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study collected data on the use of health services and health related expenditure in 2004–2005. Complications data were collected through physical examination and biochemical tests or questionnaire. Data were available on 6101 participants. Age- and sex-adjusted direct healthcare costs, direct non-healthcare costs and government subsidies were estimated according to glucose tolerance status.

Annual direct per person costs were A$1898 for those with normal glucose tolerance to A$4390 for those with known diabetes. Costs were substantially higher in people with diabetes and both micro- and macrovascular complications. The total annual cost of diabetes in 2005 for Australians aged ≥30 years was A$10.6 billion (A$4.4 billion in direct costs; A$6.2 billion in government subsidies) which equates to A$14.6 billion in 2010 dollars. Total annual excess cost associated with diabetes in 2005 was A$4.5 billion (A$2.2 billion in direct costs; A$2.3 billion in government subsidies).

The excess cost of diabetes to individuals and government is substantial and is greater in those with complications. Costs could potentially be reduced by preventing the development of diabetes or its complications.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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