Clinical Director of Diabetes Services.
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus; Resource Utilization and Costs of Diagnosis and Treatment
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 37, Issue 2, pages 184–186, May 1997
How to Cite
Moses, R., Fulwood, S. and Griffiths, R. (1997), Gestational Diabetes Mellitus; Resource Utilization and Costs of Diagnosis and Treatment. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 37: 184–186. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.1997.tb02250.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Summary: The recommendation to test every woman for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has a defined cost. The management of women diagnosed with GDM will use additional health resources. This study examines the cost and resource utilization of a consecutive group of women diagnosed over a 1-year period. The cost of testing a woman for GDM is around $10.00 with slight variations depending on the testing procedure. The annual cost of testing in NSW would be less than 1 million dollars. Women diagnosed with GDM used the resources of a diabetes education centre for an average of 2.8 hours and attended for 3.4 (2.3) medical visits. Insulin was required by 18.7% of the women for 9.7 (4.7) weeks using 47.7 (21.2) units each day. Testing women for GDM is a low-cost item. Managing a woman diagnosed with GDM may cost several hundred dollars. Cost reductions could be made by reducing the amount of insulin used and by avoiding hospitalization.