Health: Diabetes

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Aberavon Lord Morris of Aberavon Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to the National Health Service of treating type 1 diabetes and its effects.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the lifetime cost of medical treatment for a patient with type 1 diabetes.

Photo of Baroness Thornton Baroness Thornton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We have not undertaken either a formal assessment of the costs of treating people with type 1 diabetes, or estimated the lifetime costs of treating a person with type 1 diabetes.

Diabetes is a complex lifelong condition that can affect every part of the body, and there are a number of associated complications with the condition; this makes it difficult to calculate the exact cost to the National Health Service.

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