By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-06-20 18:21:33 -0500
Started 2012-06-20 15:26:08 -0500

I just found out im type one about 2 months ago…i need to get a insulin pump but unfortunately…no insurance…bt.i have heard something about programs for ppl like me to get a free pump…does anyone have and info about this?

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Type1Lou 2012-06-20 18:21:33 -0500 Report

I've been a Type 1 for 36+ years but only started using a pump last August. Immediately prior to that I was on multiple daily injections (MDI) of Novolog and one shot of Lantus per day. While I love my pump, it is, in fact, a more expensive treatment option for me, even with insurance. My Medtronic pump cost about $7500 and my insurance co-pay (my cost) was around $1300. The infusion sets and reservoirs cost me around $470 for a 3-month supply until I've satisfied my annual insurance deductible and then, after satisfying my annual deductible, my copay for the reservoirs and pumps is around $100. With a good endo, you might be able to manage well using MDI. The endo would help you develop the correct carb to insulin ratio for your bolus shots of pre-meal fast-acting insulin. If for any reason, a pump is not in your immediate future, MDI is a lower-cost alternative.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-06-20 16:00:35 -0500 Report

You don't have to have a pump, it is usually a choice and can be more money then you want to spend in order to use it monthly. You need to check out pumps and then ask your pharmacy how much the kits, insulin, etc cost to go with it. I doubt that if you get a free pump that they will also continue to pay for all that goes with it. There is a discussion posted here were we give info to another member, type in pump and see what comes up. It requires you to know carb counting and other info to use it correctly. Also, you have it on you all the time.

A large number of insulin dependent diabetics prefer to give themselves shots. It is alot less expensive. You only have to buy the insulin, syringes, and supplies for your meter. It just depends on your preference as well as bg numbers and lifestyle. Your dr usually will talk with you if he thinks it is right for you and where your diabetes is at.

Do your homework and watch the video's and then decide if it is still something you want. I have been a type 1 since childhood and now have 4 grown kids, so a long time:)