According to the statistics of the Diabetes Association of the Republic of China, from 2000 to 2014, the population of type 2 diabetes in Taiwan gradually increased from 840,000 to 2.2 million, and it continues to increase at a rate of about 150,000 per year. Judging from this growth trend, it is conservatively estimated that there are about 2.5-3 million people with diabetes in Taiwan, which is quite an astonishing number. The year-by-year increase in the diabetes population in Taiwan is also reflected in the domestic health insurance payment. According to statistics from the National Health Insurance Administration.
In 2019, the medical expenses for diabetes, including Photo Restoration Service drugs, total diagnosis and treatment expenses, hospitalization expenses, and other medical materials and other treatment expenses, totaled nearly 31 billion yuan, ranking second among the top ten health insurance expenses. 【Diabetes Care Foundation】Incretin_One Minute Lecture_3 Out of control blood sugar affects the whole body organs! Diabetic heart and kidney comorbidities increase the financial burden of health care In addition to the high medical expenses of diabetes itself, the executive director of the Diabetes Care Foundation, a clinical professor of the Department of Internal Medicine of National Taiwan University Hospital, said, "Diabetes is also the root cause of many diseases. Poor blood sugar control will further affect the blood vessels of the whole body. and organs."
In particular, nephropathy caused by diabetes can be described as one of the biggest culprits of kidney dialysis, and kidney disease is the “most expensive” disease in health insurance . ”, the annual expenditure was as high as 53.3 billion yuan. According to statistics, more than 30% of diabetic patients in Taiwan also have cardiovascular disease. Statistics from the National Health Insurance Administration in the same year also found that the annual cost of chronic ischemic heart disease reached 12.266 billion yuan. Based on the above, it can be seen that the total cost of health insurance for diabetes, chronic ischemic heart disease and chronic kidney disease is quite considerable, which shows that the prevention and treatment of diabetes is urgent!