The New York Times continues its series on the growing epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes. Since one of the main concerns expressed to the National Nurse Team is about cost, we want to continue to emphasize that the main intent of the Office of the National Nurse is to provide preventive education to all Americans as we know it will save money and their lives. Here is the most significant quote from Part Three: Bad Blood: In the Treatment of Diabetes, Success Often Does Not Pay:
" Health economists suggest that if these preventive measures were practiced on a wide scale, complications from diabetes would be largely eliminated and the American medical system, and by extension taxpayers, could save as much as $30 billion over 10 years. The experts disagree on what such an effort would cost. (How much nutrition counseling does it take to wean the average person from French fries?) Nonetheless, many of them believe the cost would be largely offset by the savings."
30 billion dollars in ten years equals 3 billion dollars a year. One National Nurse, a staff for this person, maintainance of a website, videotaping of messages, 50 state nurses-you do the math.
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Tuesday, January 10, 2006