Manukau Courier : January 13th 2011
7 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 13, 2011 NEWS www.fencible.org.nz Howick Historical Village, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Bell Rd, Pakuranga, Ph. (09) 576-9506, OPEN 7 DAYS proudly supported by Normal Admission Fee applies (Under 5 years free) Sunday 16th January 2011 JANUARY Live Day • Prize for best picnic hat • Bring a picnic lunch • Release of white doves • Music & marionettes ...& much more February 2011 3376659AA For more information or to buy online, visit our website at schooluniformcentre.co.nz Ph 09 524 6270 ROSEHILL COLLEGE UNIFORM SHOP Opening hours for Back to School 2011 January 2011 13th (Thurs) - 15th (Sat) 10am to 3pm 17th (Mon) - 22nd (Sat) 10am to 3pm 24th (Mon) - 29th (Sat) 10am to 3pm 31st (Anniversary Monday) CLOSED February 2011 1st (Tues) - 3rd (Thurs) 8am to 4.30pm 4th (Fri) 8am to 2.30pm Cost of diabetes 'too big to ignore' By MELISSA KINEALY Diabetes cost the Counties Manukau Dis- trict Health Board $133 million in 2009 -- and the cost is still rising. The board s public health doctor Gary Jack- son analysed the cost of treating people with dia- betes as an extension of previous research. He says the $133m is a substantial chunk of the $560m allocated by the government for the board to provide hos- pital, pharmacy and lab- oratory services. The problem is just too big to ignore, he says. We should be doing more. In 2009 around 436,000 people from the Counties Manukau Dis- trict Health Board s area went to the doctor or the hospital and 29,000 of them were identified as having diabetes. Mr Jackson says the numbers are conserva- tive because they don t include people living with diabetes who haven t sought medical help. Between 2007 and 2009 the cost of treating people with diabetes also increased by around $150 per person. People with diabetes cost the health board 2.5 times as much as those who don t have it and the cost of treating all ethnic groups is on the rise. Maori with diabetes received the most care overall and cost $6300 per person in 2009. Renal dialysis was the biggest contributor to the Maori diabetes cost, Mr Jackson says. There s also a genetic component involved and smoking is a factor too. That increase was closely followed by Pacific people with a $600 jump in two years to $4900 per person with diabetes. With a $2m budget for the board s Creating a Better Future strategy and an expected $16m increase in spending on people with diabetes last year he says more needs to be done. Mr Jackson says the board is doing better at managing the high end of diabetes by keeping people alive through treatment like dialysis and leg amputation. But this is just money that you wouldn t need to spend if you could pre- vent it in the first place. His research is an extension of a previous study on the cost of car- diovascular disease and diabetes but with a sole focus on diabetes. It s being discussed by the health board as part of its regional strategic plan.
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