Why sometimes is Diabetic Health Care so EXPENSIVE?

@KrauseHome (35514)
United States
August 23, 2007 4:22pm CST
I have been Diabetic now for about 10 yrs. or so. At first it was very mild, and not much to worry about. Then I ended up getting some Chronic wounds that would not heal to where I am now diagnosed as Type 1.5 and will need Insulin for the rest of my life in order to live. Lucky for me the wounds are now healed, and pretty much stay healed to where I did not loose any limbs from them. Now the main issue is Health Care and the added expenses that a person endures each month from bring Diabetic. I feel many of these issues could be covered Financially a little more without everyone going Broke it seems. And if you are not one of the Lucky ones to have Insurance being on Insulin will cost you about $2000 a yr. at least just for that. I have never understood why Medical supplies such as STRIPS to test your Blood are so Expensive, and actually one of the least things covered when it comes to Diabetes. Who would have ever thought that they want you to keep track of how high your Blood sugars are running you, and never stop to think how expensive that could be out of your own pocket. For example just for me to be able to Test my Blood Sugar 4 times a day will run me $60 a month. To me, that seems a little high and extreme and not sure how I can keep on affording these. This is actually the same cost that my Insulin is, and to me, that makes way more sense as that is the main key to me staying Healthy now. One Doctor I used to have Insurance to go see, at least she used to help defray the Cost of Strips, or insulin when I needed too. Never checked with where I go now, but they have never mentioned it, so they probably don't. And unfortunately, the place I was going in the past, does not accept my Insurance so I am at a loss for now unless I find a solution. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? I am Married, and we both are working so Agencies are not a factor here to suggest. But maybe someone here has been where I am and can offer some tips or things to think about. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
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• United States
24 Aug 07
Vote for Democrats. Hope for National Health Care. I'm running over $200 per month for insulin and testing supplies, and while I'm employed full-time, I do not yet have insurance.
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
22 Sep 07
So True, So True, So True. Let's hope someone can Solve this Health Care issue. It is rediculous indeed.
@ssh123 (31100)
• India
9 Oct 07
It is not sometimes. Diabetic disease itself is a curse on humans. It is generally said in India that it is the rich people who get the diabetic diesease. Of late I have seen irrespective of hereditary, disbetics are seen in common persons. Probably due to occupational hazard and tensions one is undergoing. It could also be due to improper daily schedules and lack of exercises. In India, a diabetic patient has to spend a lot of money for gulping tables, under going periodic tests etc. Sometimes the labs are quite far from from the residence thereby one has to incur the travel expenses. The blood sugar metre is not cent percent reliable. I found quite a big variation in its prediction compared to labs prediction.