Diabetes Hospitalization Report 2001 - News Release


Contact: Joe Martin, Communications Director
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Harrisburg, PA - November 01, 2002 - A new government study, released today in conjunction with National Diabetes Awareness Month, reports that hospitalizations where diabetes was either a primary or secondary diagnosis rose 16.8% from 1997 to 2001. The increase from year 2000 to 2001 was 4.4%. According to the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), these hospitalizations represented a staggering 16.5% of all inpatient hospitalizations in 2001 - up from 14.7% in 1997. African Americans continue to have the highest rates of hospitalization for diabetes and end stage renal disease, as well as the highest rates of lower extremity amputations.

"Despite the efforts of many health-related organizations, state and federal agencies, and dedicated individuals, hospitalizations resulting from diabetes and its complications continue to increase," stated Marc P. Volavka, Executive Director of PHC4. "Obviously, we need to continue if not redouble our efforts to diagnose, and more importantly, manage the treatment of this terrible disease."

Diabetes is an incurable, chronic and often disabling disease that affects approximately 17 million Americans - including more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians - and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. About one-third of Americans with diabetes are unaware that they have it.

"PHC4's most recent report on HMO services, released last May, showed that HMOs with high proportions of members with well controlled Hemoglobin A1c levels had lower hospitalization rates for diabetes," noted Mr. Volavka. "Good preventive care makes a difference and cannot be overemphasized."


PHC4 is an independent state agency that collects, analyzes and disseminates health care information that can help purchasers, consumers, providers, insurers and policy makers make more informed health care decisions. Copies of this free report can be obtained by calling 717-232-6787 or on the Web at http://www.phc4.org.