FACT: The current diabetes report from the Health Care Cost Institute documents that per capita annual spend for people with diabetes in employer health plans is $16,021 (combined employer and employee). That is nearly four times the $4,396 per capita spend for the health plan members without diabetes.
It is recommended that people with diabetes see their physician more frequently and take more medications. This accounts for a few thousand dollars of the difference. However, most of the increased costs come from the complications that develop with diabetes…heart disease, hypertension, cellulitis, to name a few…that send 15% or more of these people to the Emergency Room and hospital each year. Only about 4% of health plan members without diabetes experience a hospital stay each year.
Some of these Emergency visits and hospital days for the diabetes population are now being avoided by employees and spouses participating in the TrueLifeCare program.
TrueLifeCare productively helps address the most significant gap in care for diabetes: Daily behavior and self-care choices of the individual with diabetes.
Peer-reviewed studies have proven there are 5 Essential Touchstones proven to help people successfully gain control of their diabetes and achieve a better state of health. These are the Touchstones incorporated in the TrueLifeCare program: