Diabetes-Related Hospitalization Rates Soar in Pennsylvania


By: Jan Chait

Hospitalizations involving diabetes—either as the reason for admission or as a secondary diagnosis—rose 16.7 percent in Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2001.

Those hospitalizations represented 16.5 percent of all the state’s hospital admissions in 2001, up from 14.7 percent in 1997. The highest rates were for African-Americans, admitted for diabetes, kidney disease and amputations.

In other findings:

  • Diabetes was the principal diagnosis for 7.5 percent of the hospitalizations and accounted for more than 127,000 hospital days and $424 million in hospital charges in 2001 alone.
  • In 2001, there were 243 hospitalizations involving diabetes for every 10,000 Pennsylvania residents—up from 213 per 10,000 in 1997.
  • Many hospitalizations could have been avoided if appropriate primary care had been provided.
  • While the number of hospitalizations for type 1 diabetes has decreased, the numbers and rates for type 2 diabetes have grown steadily.
  • While rates rose across all age groups, the largest increases were in the 30-39 age group (up by 26.1 percent) and the 40-49 age group (up by 18.4 percent).

—Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) news release, November 1, 2002



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