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Doctors Cite Time, Low Reimbursement As Barriers To Providing Comprehensive Diabetes Care, Survey Results Show
Date:11/19/2009

Primary Care Doctors, Endocrinologists Feel Ill-Equipped to Provide Ideal, Multi-Disciplinary Team Care

PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly one-third of doctors surveyed said they did not have enough time and did not receive sufficient reimbursement to provide comprehensive care to their patients with diabetes, according to the results of a study of endocrinologists and primary care doctors published today in American Health & Drug Benefits.

An online survey of 300 physicians and online discussion group of 12 physicians conducted by Abt Associates, Inc. and sponsored by the National Changing Diabetes® Program (NCDP) found that 32 percent of physicians felt unable to provide comprehensive diabetes care, and most cited time or reimbursement as the major barrier. Furthermore, 83 percent of physicians surveyed said Medicaid reimbursement was inadequate, while 67 percent said private insurance reimbursement was inadequate.

More than 24 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 57 million have prediabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing the debilitating disease. In 2007, diabetes and prediabetes cost the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $218 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity and is a leading cause of disability. Despite advances in treatment and education, the incidence of diabetes continues to rise at an alarming rate each year.

"People who have diabetes or are at high risk for developing diabetes need the best possible care to effectively manage their disease. This includes comprehensive education so that they can make the lifestyle changes that could avert or reverse the course of diabetes," said Dana Haza, senior director of NCDP, an initiative created by Novo Nordisk to drive systems change at the national and local level. "Clearly, we need to make some changes to the health care system i
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