Meeting the costs of diabetes represents a major challenge. Proper diabetes care requires complex life-long management, making the condition one of the costlier chronic diseases. In 2006, the awareness-raising efforts of the global diabetes community will highlight the health status of people who are vulnerable or underserved. Not limited to populations in the developing world, this group includes people with diabetes in even the wealthiest countries. In the USA, where financial health cover is widely linked to employment, there are huge and increasing numbers of people with the condition with neither personal nor employment-based health insurance. Frank Vinicor and Michael Engelgau look at the impact of health insurance issues on the quality of diabetes care, with particular reference to people in the USA.
health insurance, United States, World Diabetes Day, uninsured, poverty,