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Diabetes

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of treating diabetes in children under the age of 16 years was in each of the last five years; (308739)

(2) what the cost of treating diabetes in adults was in each of the last five years.

Estimates of national health service expenditure on diabetes are available from the programme budgeting returns. However, the programme budget returns do not contain age-specific data relating to the treatment of diabetes.

The following table shows the estimated gross level expenditure for diabetes from 2004-08 in England. These figures include primary care trust, Department of Health (DH), strategic health authority and special health authority expenditure. It should be noted that these figures do not include prevention expenditure or general medical services/primary medical services expenditure. This is considerable, but we cannot quantify it separately.

Diabetes expenditure (£)

DH gross expenditure (£)

Diabetes as a proportion of gross expenditure (Percentage)

2004-05

687,402

71,922,179

1.0

2005-06

866,000

80,185,241

1.1

2006-07

1,043,021

84,193,209

1.2

2007-08

1,151,183

93,183,426

1.2