The Medical Cost Savings

  • The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimated that for the entire population of Americans with diagnosed diabetes in 2012, per capita spending on health care was $13,741. 
  • For that year (the most recent year that per capita health care spending estimates were available from the ADA), they found that per capita spending for people with diabetes was 3.9 times higher than spending for people without diabetes.
  • In 2014, out-of-pocket spending per capita for people without diabetes was $752, increasing by $43 per person over the study years.
  • In 2014, people with diabetes spent $1,944 out of pocket per capita.
  • Of total per capita spending on health care in 2014 ($16,021), 12.1% was spent out of pocket by people with diabetes according to the 2014 Diabetes Health Care Cost and Utilization Report (Source NCCI).
  • Out-of-pocket Cost Difference: $1,192