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Average cost per person with diabetes globally by region 2019

The average cost per diabetic patient was approximately 6,800 U.S. dollars in North America and the Caribbean in 2019. This amount was far greater than for any other region. Within this region specifically, average diabetes-related health expenditure was by far the highest in the United States.

Highest spending per patient

In 2019, the average yearly cost per person with diabetes was the highest in Switzerland, where costs ran close to 12 thousand U.S. dollars per patient. The United States stood in second place that year with approximately 9,500 U.S. dollars per person per year. Sweden and Ireland were also among the ten highest spending countries.

Diabetes mellitus worldwide

In 2019, the country with the highest number of diabetic people in the world was China, which had a diabetic population of over 116 million. India had the second-highest number of diabetics that year, namely 77 million people. These are, however, the world’s most populous countries. When comparing the number of diabetic people within a country to the rest of the country’s population, the results are quite different. In 2019, about a third of the people living on the Marshall Islands had the condition, making it the country with the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world.

Cost per patient with diabetes worldwide by region in 2019

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November 2019



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