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AHRQ News and Numbers
Release Date: October 18, 2005
to the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there were over
500,000 hospitalizations for diabetes in 2003, ranking diabetes among the
top 20 conditions treated in U.S. hospitals.
- The most common procedure performed on patients hospitalized
for diabetes mellitus with complications was amputation of a lower extremity.
Nearly 10 percent of patients hospitalized for diabetes with complications
underwent this procedure in 2003.
- Seven of every 10 patients hospitalized for diabetes with
complications was first seen in the emergency department. This is a 22 percent
increase from 1999 when 5 of every 10 were admitted from the emergency
- The "National Bill" for hospital stays for diabetes with
complications totaled $10 billion. From a national perspective, diabetes with
complications ranked as the 17th most expensive condition.
- The mean charge for hospital stays for diabetes with
complications was about $20,700. The charge varied by payer type: