Streching dollars for diabetes care

On March 10, 2011 by Cherise Shockley

March 9, 2011

Week 33

Q1.  How do you get the most out of your supplies/meds?

Q2.  What part of care seems to be most $$$, yet most wastful?

Q3. The cost of managing diabetes will it get better before it gets worse or worse before it gets better?

Q4.  What is a flexiable spending account? Does it help with the cost of diabetes?  are there any other programs that help with the cost?

Q5.  What can we do to help others manage the cost of caring for their diabetes?

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One Response to “Streching dollars for diabetes care”

  • Q1. How do you get the most out of your supplies/meds?

    - Don’t really know how to answer that. I try not to use my supplies when I don’t need to..but I always need to.

    Q2. What part of care seems to be most $$$, yet most wasteful?

    - Since I’m not on the pump, test strips. They are not extremely expensive, but definitely the most wasteful I think for MDI-ers. For pumps..it’s the infusion sets. So much plastic, so much packaging..and so expensive!

    Q3. The cost of managing diabetes will it get better before it gets worse or worse before it gets better?

    - Probably worse before it gets better. Like everything else in the world atm, supply costs will go up.

    Q4. What is a flexible spending account? Does it help with the cost of diabetes? are there any other programs that help with the cost?

    - Never heard of it. My work’s health insurance helps a lot and before that Pharmacare was really helpful, but you have to be under a certain income to qualify and they don’t cover everything.

    Q5. What can we do to help others manage the cost of caring for their diabetes?

    - Since I’m so lucky to have health insurance to help with the costs, I’ll sometimes give a bottle of test strips or a bag of needles to a diabetic I know in need if I’m able to. I also donated all of my pump supplies to the local D Clinic when I went back to shots.

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