Diabetes Prevention Services: Cost Savings and the Role of Incentives
The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a program that has been found to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The Bipartisan Policy Center retained AIR to develop a financial model of the costs and benefits of a similar, but smaller, program.
The key findings of the model include the following:
- There is a large population with pre-diabetes in the U.S. who could benefit from a diabetes prevention program with a significant number unaware that they have pre-diabetes.
- Approximately 28 percent of the population meet several of the criteria for pre-diabetes.
- Only about 1 in 6 of these individuals have been told they have pre-diabetes.
- A diabetes prevention program can produce overall cost savings which increase over time for an individual.