Direct costs-of-illness of patients with diabetes mellitus in Taiwan.

  title={Direct costs-of-illness of patients with diabetes mellitus in Taiwan.},
  author={T Lin and Pesus Chou and Man Shun Lai and Shih Tzer Tsai and Tong Yuan Tai},
  journal={Diabetes research and clinical practice},
  volume={54 Suppl 1},
The purpose of the present study was to examine the characteristics of healthcare costs for diabetic patients in Taiwan. The study analyzed claim data from the Bureau of National Health Insurance for the period from July 1997 to June 1998. There were 536159 documented diabetic patients who were treated within the universal healthcare system in Taiwan during this study period. The annual number of visits of these diabetic patients was 6.2% of the total outpatient visits of all patients due to… CONTINUE READING

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