Top 10 countries with highest spending per person with diabetes 2019

In 2019, some 12 thousand U.S. dollars were spent per diabetic patient in Switzerland, making it the country with the highest average cost per person. The United States and Norway stood in second and third place, respectively, each spending over nine thousand U.S. dollars per patient.

Lowest spending countries

When viewing diabetes-related costs worldwide, it becomes apparent that there are significant disparities between countries. The ten countries with the lowest average annual diabetes-related health expenditures per person were all African and Asian countries. Bangladesh stood at the top of the list in 2019, with an average spending of about 64 U.S. dollars per person. Other countries on this list included Nepal, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Anti-diabetic revenue

In 2018, global pharmaceutical revenue generated by anti-diabetic products amounted to almost 80 billion U.S. dollars. Revenue generated by these products has nearly tripled since 2008. The largest pharmaceutical company, in terms of global anti-diabetic revenue, was Novo Nordisk in 2017. The company earned roughly 13.7 million U.S. dollars that year and is projected to generate about 21 million U.S. dollars in 2024.

Leading 10 countries with highest spending per patient with diabetes in 2019

Average spending per person in U.S. dollars
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November 2019



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