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ObamaCare Will Pay for the Care of the Chronically Ill Saving Money and Lives

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Continuing with the facts that Hospital and Emergency Room Care is the most expensive available, the creators of ObamaCare had to deal with the fact that the treatment of our chronically ill citizens was abysmal and expensive. The statistics just for Diabetes and Asthma alone are horrifying.

Cost of Diabetes Updated March 6, 2013

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  • $245 billion: Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2012
  • $176 billion for direct medical costs
  • $69 billion in reduced productivity

After adjusting for population age and sex differences, average medical expenditures among people with diagnosed diabetes were 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.

Diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2010 based on the 69,071 death certificates in which diabetes was listed as the underlying cause of death.

Emergency Department Visits for Adults with Diabetes in 2010 byRaynard E. Washington, Ph.D., Roxanne M. Andrews, Ph.D., and Ryan Mutter, Ph.D Published in November 2013. "In 2010, there were approximately 12.1 million diabetes-related Emergency Department visits for adults aged 18 years or older (515 per 10,000 U.S. population), or 9.4 percent of all ED visits. Most (57.9 percent) were treat-and-release visits.

"Emergency department utilization among patients with diabetes is likely affected by several factors, including lack of primary care, poor adherence to care plans and lifestyle modifications, and presence of complications."

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And then from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation webpage, aafa.org,

  • Asthma accounts for one-quarter of all emergency room visits in the U.S. each year, with 1.75 million emergency room visits.
  • Each year, asthma accounts for more than 10 million outpatient visits and 479,000 hospitalizations.
  • The average length of stay (LOS) for asthma hospitalizations is 4.3 days.
  • Nearly half (44%) of all asthma hospitalizations are for children.
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization children.

The annual cost of asthma is estimated to be nearly $18 billion.

Fast Facts: Every day in America:

44,000 people have an asthma attack.

36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.

27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.

4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.

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1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.

9 people die from asthma.

The sad fact is that none or very little of this needs to happen. What is obvious is that patients are not being taught how to live with and manage these common condition. The facts on how to regulate a diabetic's blood sugar have been around since the 80s and so has the prevention of asthma attacks. Yet teaching patients these facts and getting them to modify their lifestyles accordingly can be time consuming and expensive and beyond the scope of the typical 12 minute doctor's office visit. Besides, before ObamaCare there was no financial incentive to treat a patient after they left the doctor's office. Evidence pointed to the fact that patients with chronic illnesses were suffering from a disjointed, fragmented lack of care

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