Rant: About cost of diabetic testing supplies & Diabetitic Day

By DJackwon Latest Reply 2011-05-22 12:32:29 -0500
Started 2011-05-21 09:37:51 -0500

I think I am going to get a list of all the government officials in the state I live in and give them a piece of my mind. As stated I am disabled, therefore am locked into Mainecare. Went to a pharmacy on my walk yesterday and was told the insurence allowed for testing 1 time a day! As nicely as I could I flipped out, eyed her and [yes I know she doesn't make the rules] but told her thats impossible, I know for sure at my regular pharmacy I can get enough supplies to test 2 times daily each month.

Now everyone in medical reform is all about preventive care, lets find and fix what ails you before in our opinion you cost us more money because you have gone blind, had by pass surgery or perhaps a loss of a foot! Yet, they cannot see a conceiveable good reason for testing more than once a day?

So then I look at the prices of the supplies…lancets and strips and wonder why they cannot make these items more cost effective for those on fixed incomes who know and have been told by their diabetic team they should be testing more than that. Let's just say it's out of my price range even when they are claiming its 50 - 70 % So yes on that day I will have sent out all my letters and hope they will read the content.

This discourages me, perhaps even more than the disease does. I don't mind the pain of pricking my fingers, I don't mind taking walks for exercise. I do not mind eating more greens than I have in a lifetime, I gave up smoking, and don't drink. Fought cancer and am a 14 year survivor. I am doing all in my power to save the taxpayers, and yes I used to be one of them money. While I watch SSI gain no raises in the last 3 years, and watch as our governmental officials live the good life.

I do mind that some power that be who likely is not a dr, has the right to determine how often I should test! Because I know for sure any Endo or PCP in their right mind would encourage more testing as opposed to less. Especially when you are trying to find out what foods you can eat and keep your #'s regular or as close to regular as we can get.

Sorry for the rant but that is what I plan to do for World's Diabetes Day! Maybe even sooner, in fact likely sooner, but by then maybe someone in their infinite wisdom will explain to me why a danged test strip has to cost $50.00 per 100 count. And the lancets made of plastic? Arrgh! That will just get me started again!

Take care all {{Hugs}}

- Debbie -

8 replies

realsis77 2011-05-21 12:41:07 -0500 Report

Hi. It really depends on how your perscription is written by your doctor as to what medicare will cover. I know this because I too am on medicare and I thank God for it! It covers my insulin and all my supplies and I test 4 times a day. I had to fill out a couple of special forms proving that I do test four times a day and I had to send my results into medicare. I had enough changes in my numbers over the day that they agreed to cover my. Testing for four times a day. I'm also on two different insulins and I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it but I suspect it might. I must test in order to know when to inject. But medicare has been a God send for me and they cover everything I need to care for my diabetes. Including syringes two different types, lancetts, stripps, insulins, meter, EVERYTHING! I'm not sure why your having trouble with them?? Perhaps its the way your doctor is writing things? If you have any questions feel free to ask me. For me my doctor told medicare I was required to test 4times a day, then I filled out two sheets of proving I tesst that much with my results and my things are completely covered! That means they will also cover you if you get help from your doctor.I live in california, I don't know if that has any bearing or not but as I said, medicare is been a Godsend for me and Everything is covered! I wish you the best and hope this helped in someway. Good luck!

DJackwon 2011-05-21 18:35:11 -0500 Report

Thank you, I will check in with my Dr and see if there is a possibility of getting an rx for more. If not, I will keep on advocating for myself and those who are fighting this disease.

Hugs and well wishes


vanrainey 2011-05-21 12:05:06 -0500 Report

The real problem is that there are only two types of testing. A1C testing covers too long a period of time to be indicative and responsive except on a gross level and daily SBG is too variable to be accurately informative. A new SBG indicator called Glycated Albumin or G1A testing is on the horizon that can be measured once or twice a month and is more responsive and more indicative of changes in behaviors and diet needed to adjust to diabetes. Investigate by Googling G1A or the inventor Epinex Diagnostics to learn more. I hope that this testing regimen is more capable of helping us all develop better strategies on a case by case basis while possibly lowering the costs of monitoring and possible some of the pain.

As far as ranting about insurers, you might want to join with others to fight the influence that they have over health care. You may not like Obama Care but it is the only effort underway to break that influence and it is the only thing in the way of insurers continuing to fleece us.

DJackwon 2011-05-21 18:36:46 -0500 Report

Good suggestion, and its not that I hate the Obama plan so much as it's I hate the fact there are so many arguments and hold ups that make our lives more difficult. I just wish real folks would be heard, the one's that are middle income or below.

Tax payers want the bills to go down, even so if testing and research can make that happen, why not let it happen? Sometimes it seems those lobbying or those who represent us, just really are not listening. When I was growing up I was told you have to pay money to get things..ok government..isn't it time to aide our sick and infirm?

God bless the USA for helping other countries, but while at it let's not forget our homeless, our hungry, and our ill…just sayin..ya know?

Hugs and well wishes and thanks for your response

- Debbie -

nanaellen 2011-05-22 12:32:29 -0500 Report

I hear ya loud and clear!! Didn't the saying go "Charity begins at HOME??!! LOL
I've been saying that for years!! Ellen :)

crazygirl777 2011-05-21 11:02:34 -0500 Report

I totally understand where you are coming from! I don't understand why the dang strips have to be so expensive and we have to be limited in how many times a day we can test by our insurance companies. It is a life saving thing here people, not like we do it for fun u know. I can get the lancets for like $3 for a box of 100 but it costs $50 for a box of test strips. doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I think that they need to work on a way to make all the diabetes supplies a lot more affordable. I heard somewhere that it's cheaper to get Botox than to pay for diabetic supplies for a month. What a joke that is. You can fight off wrinkles for cheaper than saving your own life. I think there's a real priority problem in there. I totally agree with you and understand your rant. No one should have the right to tell you how many times a day you are ALLOWED to test your blood sugar. Everyone needs to rant from time to time, so no worries about the ranting there…I think we would all agree with the things you said and the points you made. Take care!! Hugs to you and thanks for letting your steam off!!

DJackwon 2011-05-21 18:24:29 -0500 Report

Thanks Janelle,

Sometimes you just have to say how you feel about things. I want to be around to see my grand kids grow up, I want to have a good quality of life. I am just frustrated that sometimes it feels as though the medical plan is great in some states and not so great in others. And I can bet if those with the high incomes had to walk this walk, they might understand how expensive it can be for those of us unfortunate enough to live on a fixed income.

Take care! And hugs!

- Debbie -

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