Rob is going all-in for a mini-documentary series where he's going 100% on over-the-counter diabetes meds. As all of us living with diabetes know, diabetes medications and supplies are expensive. Unaffordably expensive, insurance or not. Rob felt, though, that while there's plenty of documentation out there about living life with diabetes on insurance, there's little to none regarding life without it, much less managing diabetes solely on over-the-counter supplies. So he's changing that.
Not many of us have $11,000+ on-hand ready to drop for diabetes costs. So what do you do when your company's benefits change? Or you lose your job? Or insurance simply isn't cutting it?
For some, the cost of diabetic supplies – particularly insulin – can lead to negative health consequences. In the last several decades, insulin prices have skyrocketed.
Depending on whom you ask, you'll get a different response for why insulin prices have risen so high. Some blame middlemen — such as pharmacy benefit managers, like Express Scripts and CVS Health — for negotiating lower prices with pharmaceutical companies without passing savings on to customers. Others say patents on incremental changes to insulin have kept cheaper generic versions out of the market.
Some clinicians are surprised to learn of this vast resale market, but it has existed for decades, an unusual example of the vagaries of American health care. Unlike the resale of prescription drugs, which is prohibited by law, it is generally legal to resell unused test strips.
The epidemic of obesity will only make these costs more staggering in the future. What can we do to improve these dreadful statistics? Importantly, if you have diabetes, what can you do to cut the cost of your illness?
Don't let diabetes supplies, such as test strips and insulin pumps, drain your wallet.
IT CAN BE EXPENSIVE TO keep up with your diabetes medications. Many of the newer meds are expensive, thanks to all of the research and development that goes into them, and there’s no generic insulin. So, you likely empty your pocketbook to pay a portion of your medication costs.
As it happens, there has never been a better time to have this chronic disease — not because it’s anything you’d wish on another person, but because medical technology has advanced to the point where managing the disorder has never been easier.
I have had parents tell me that they had to sell their homes to pay for high tech diabetes supplies for their kids as they want their child to have the very best chance for a healthy, good life and so they must make that choice. Now add a complication to the already astronomical cost of just staying healthy and the numbers become staggering.
Diabetes devices are life-enhancing. For the most part they give us remarkable capacity to better manage our health. But we must recognize that new technology also adds effort, frustration, discomfort, confusion and expense to patients' lives.
Type 1 diabetes is all consuming. The stigma of misinformation. The inescapable quest for medical perfection. The 65,000-plus injections per lifetime (a lifetime which tends to be slashed 12 years from average as soon as you’re diagnosed).
The autoimmune disease takes hold of young bodies and never lets go. Without reason. And with no warning of the ever-expanding costs.
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