Research proves that compared to other health professions, podiatric medicine is the best equipped to treat your lower-extremity complications from diabetes, reduce hospitalizations, and cut your overall health care costs. And who these days isn't looking to cut costs and prevent unnecessary expenses?
Researchers examined records of more than 32,000 patients with diabetes, aged 18 to 64, comparing the costs, risk factors, and quality of life issues for those who received podiatric care and those who did not. We'll sometimes hear from reluctant diabetic patients "Why do I need to see a podiatrist when I already see a primary care doctor or endocrinologist for my diabetes?" Well, you see a opthomologist for your eyes, a dentist for your teeth, a gynecologist for your women's health issues, so why wouldn't you go to a podiatrist for your diabetic foot care?
The Thomson Reuters Healthcare Study highlights the phenomenal value of today's podiatric medical care:
- Researchers found that care by a podiatric physician (one preventative, pre-ulcer visit) reduced the risk of hospitalization and lower-limb amputation.
- Among patients with commercial insurance, a savings of $19,686 per patient with diabetes can be realized over a three year period if there is at least one visit to a podiatrist in the year preceding a diabetic ulceration. Among patients with commercial insurance, each $1 invested in care by a podiatrist results in $17 to $51 in savings.
- Among Medicare-eligible patients, a savings of $4,271 per patient with diabetes can be realized over a three year period if there is at least one visit to a podiatrist in the year preceding ulceration. Among Medicare-eligible patients, each $1 invested in care by a podiatrist results in $9 to $13 of savings.
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