According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House, a study published in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Insurance Medicine reports that researchers from Columbia University and CIGNA HealthCare found that diagnosis of celiac disease substantially reduces subsequent health care costs.
The research group, led by Peter Green, M.D., a renowned authority in celiac disease from Columbia University, looked at medical records for 10.2 million CIGNA managed care members.
The patients diagnosed with celiac disease had lower subsequent medical costs. The study also showed that diagnosis rates of celiac disease increased over the four year period.
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