An Idea for the Uninsured

pixsidust
By pixsidust Latest Reply 2013-11-07 17:22:13 -0600
Started 2013-11-04 22:02:31 -0600

Seeking care, medicines and the ever expensive test strips can sure burden the mind and finances of the uninsured. I know…I am uninsured. A full panel scan of bloodwork to determine, organ functions, cholesterol, triglycerides and a1c runs around $250-300 a whack. So what do you do when good care is cost prohibitive? Let yourself go and hope for the best? Even the Obamacare website is a disaster and who knows what that really means in the end of the day. This discussion is not intending to go any where near that touchy subject so don't go there either.

Let me share with you what I am doing to find care. I started to seek out Diabetic research studies. I found several in my city and even started to get info from other cities. Here are some generalizations about what I found. 1) You can enter into a study and out of a study at will. Once you are out then you are out however. Point being no one will make you do anything you feel unsafe about. 2) The studies are over seen by a doctor specializing in Diabetes. 3) Drugs are not experimental and are recognised approved Diabetic meds. 4) All blood work, meds, test strips, equipment etc.. is provided free. Regular scheduled doctor visits are also provided for along with a small stipend for gas. 5) They are not looking for patients in need of an intervention but a person a little over normal but not off the charts high.

The study I found lasts 4-7 years so I am elated to find a means to have care while I have no other means. I will be taking Metformin, journaling and having regular physicals. There are studies that combine diet and exercise to get off medication. Type1 studies etc…I live in St Louis and googled my city and Diabetic studies. I feel those associated with a major Medical Centers or a Medical School will provide the best care for folks like us, uninsured and needing care


5 replies

IronOre
IronOre 2013-11-07 17:22:13 -0600 Report

Check Ebay for test strips.
I have been buying off there for years.
I just got insurance with a new job, but getting them from Ebay will still be cheaper.

pixsidust
pixsidust 2013-11-05 16:11:58 -0600 Report

I go pick up my meds, lab work results, testing supplies and cash for the drive next week. My own doctor will also weigh in on my results. This is a God send for me! Kansas City has one at St Lukes Hospital starting up soon. Anyone in KC? Check it out! Also anyone in St louis? Washington University Medical research needs more Diabetics local to St' Louis metro area. Janet McGill is the doctor running the study.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-11-05 12:45:09 -0600 Report

I did one at the university of Miami in Florida for years. It is a great way to get your help and help others in turn. Great idea, thanks for sharing.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2013-11-05 11:51:00 -0600 Report

It's great to be intuitive and share it! Keep your posts coming and keep sharing your worthwhile thoughts, you just might light the fire for many!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-11-05 11:08:55 -0600 Report

Never thought of that - you're pretty smart! That'll be a real help to many - thanks for the education today!

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