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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
December 06, 2014
Category: Diabetes issues

For New Jerseyans, the cost of diabetes has never been greater. Not only does the disease cause detriment to the well-being of New Jersey’s citizens, it also puts a tremendous financial burden on the state. More than 625,000 people in New Jersey suffer from diabetes, and the total cost of diabetes in the state exceeds $7.85 billion per year. The American Diabetes Association estimates that a third of this cost stems from indirect costs such as lost work productivity, and that two thirds of the cost is a direct result of medical bills.

A major cost associated with diabetic medical care is lower-limb amputation. Diabetes can cause patients to lose sensation in their extremities, so an individual may not immediately notice injuries to his or her feet. This can cause diabetic ulcers—wounds on the feet that are slow to heal and prone to infection—which often require amputation. In 2013, about 73,000 Americans with diabetes needed amputations. The average cost for each amputation is more than $70,000.

For those who have diabetes or are at risk for the disease, regular checkups by a podiatrist—at least annually—are one of the easiest ways to outsmart diabetes and prevent most foot complications. In fact, including a podiatrist in your care can reduce amputation rates by as much as 85 percent. 

A Thomson Reuters study sponsored by the American Podiatric Medical Association found that among patients with commercial insurance, each $1 invested in care by a podiatrist results in $27 to $51 of savings for the health-care system.  Among Medicare eligible patients, each $1 invested in care by a podiatrist results in $9 to $13 of savings. 

New Jerseyans shouldn’t let a lack of health insurance keep them from receiving proper foot care. Podiatrists work in health clinics, in addition to private practices, treating patients. I’ve worked with patients to create alternative options such as payment plans. 

With proactive foot care, New Jerseyans can reduce the risk of infection and amputation, improve function and quality of life, and reduce health-care costs.

If you have questions about diabetes, diabetic foot care or for an appointment for an examination, contact us.

 

Brandon Macy, D.P.M

1114 Raritan Rd., Clark, NJ 07066

732-382-3470

www.clarkpodiatry.com

 

 

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