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1 in 5 Hospitalizations Involve Diabetes Patients
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Nearly one in five hospitalizations in 2008 involved patients with diabetes, according to a federal report. The cost of caring for those patients was $83 billion for 7.7 million stays, or nearly one in four dollars of hospital costs that year, a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says.

The report also says that the average or mean cost of caring for that hospitalization was $10,937, nearly $2,200 more than the cost of a stay for a patient without a diagnosis of diabetes.