Cost-cutting measures could jeopardize diabetes care

Across the country, state and federal lawmakers have called for budget cuts to some of the more expensive programs. However, in some areas, this may mean a painful reduction in services for individuals with type 2 diabetes.

For example, diabetes advocates in South Carolina are saying that the recent move by the state legislature to cut the number of drugs covered by Medicaid will have a harmful effect on individuals living with type 2 diabetes, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.

The state recently decided to reduce the number of medications covered per person from eight to seven. Given the fact that many individuals with diabetes also have other conditions, like heart disease, high cholesterol and kidney disease, it may be difficult for diabetics to get the full care they need to stay healthy.



However, some experts say that this is the wrong approach.



"This is a major challenge for us because now the clinician has to prioritize" which drugs patients should take when they cannot afford them all, Daniel Lackland, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, told the news source. “We have to emphasize that it's a whole lot cheaper to treat the disease than to treat the bad outcomes."

Type 2 diabetes is one of the more expensive chronic diseases to care for. A recent study from University of Chicago researchers found that costs have doubled since 2002.
 
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