Diabetics skimp on lifesaving care in recession

AP/Yahoo News, April 14, 2009

U.S. diabetics are increasingly cutting back on, or even going without, doctor visits, insulin, medicines, and blood-sugar testing as they lose income and health insurance in the recession, an Associated Press analysis has found. Doctors have seen a drop in regular appointments with diabetic patients, if they come back at all. Patients more often seek tax-subsidized or charity care. And they end up in emergency rooms more often, patients and physicians said in AP interviews.


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