By Charlie G ❘ 2008

I just read some news today that left me puzzled.

It turns out that these days the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD, its acronym in English) is being held in Rome. In this event the results of the study “Instigate,” a study that collects data from 1,153 patients with type 2 diabetes from five European countries (UK, France, Germany, Greece and Spain), were presented.

The goal of this study was to analyze the monthly cost of care for diabetes before and after six months of starting treatment with insulin.

Check this out: in Spain, the average monthly cost is 515 Euros per patient using pills as the only drug, and 699 Euros per month for each patient after 6 months of treatment with insulin.
Incredible, right?

Apparently, the monthly cost increase after starting treatment with insulin was due to more consultations with specialists, control of blood glucose, and insulin itself, while decreasing the costs related to hospitalizations and oral treatments for diabetes.

Given how advanced science is, and global experts’ statements assuring that there have already been findings in curing “incurable” diseases (including diabetes) but who are silenced due to economic interests, you ask yourself: Who gets the benefit from all this?

Knowing that the cost for each one of us (diabetics) to the public health system is between 500 and 700 Euros a month, I’ve got two things clear:
– A couple of laboratories and pharmaceutical companies are making so much money that they could live 300 lives in total luxury.
– The state also benefits somehow, otherwise it would do everything possible to bring together the best experts in the field to find a solution (if there is not already one) so as not to have to spend 700 Euros a month per patient, especially considering the epidemic proportions that this disease is taking around the world.

Now that the Spanish minister of health is one of Spain’s greatest experts in endocrinology and for many years has researched the causes and possible cures for diabetes, it would be a good time to see some changes in outlook and policy procedures toward issues that for many are a matter of “life or death.”

And now I throw the ball to you:
Why do you think that the state may be interested in keeping “incurable” diseases in existence?


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