medical costs have increased over the last 2 decades for those living with diabetes

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette TerryPA Latest Reply 2015-02-08 17:21:00 -0600
Started 2015-02-03 15:35:43 -0600

I was just reading an article saying that over the last 2 decades medical costs have doubled for diabetics even though the number of ER visits have decreased. The reason is because more people are using prescription medications and tools. I think it is great that more people are utilizing the tools and resources available for those living with diabetes but it is kind of sad that that is the reason that medical costs have increased. It would be great if we could have a good quality of life without breaking the bank. I really do wish that I didn't have to choose between my health and saving money. Of course I always choose my health, but several times I have questioned my choice because of all of the money I would save if I didn't always order all of the medical supplies I need.

here is the link to the article if you are interested:

Tags: finances

7 replies

Loleco 2015-02-08 17:21:00 -0600 Report

On Jan 1last year when we were required to have Obama care, Blue Cross/ Anthem stopped covering Insulin. This year my insurance was changed by them. Said I didn't qualify for the same policy. My payment doubled per month, they adjusted my deductible from $ 750 to now $ 2500 per year. They use to pay for 3 Dr. Office visits with a $20 co pay, now they don't cover any until I meet the co pay. I cannot afford to keep the insurance and pay for insulin or even go to the Doctor. It feels like a ,"bait and switch " scam.

deni46 2015-02-05 00:55:41 -0600 Report

My insulin alone is going to cost me almost 4k this year out of my pocket. So frustrating that there is no generic insulin.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-03 23:41:30 -0600 Report

well for starters the ADA recommended diet does little to control many diabetic's BG levels…which leads to more meds being prescribed..( I hear people say all the time that they eat bread and pasta everyday and their BG levels are under control…meanwhile they are taking three different oral meds and two different types of insulin)…and with many doctors being in cahoots with big pharm…they cut scripts for the new and more expensive meds..instead of the older tried and true drugs…just one chicks opinion..

Pegsy 2015-02-06 16:44:42 -0600 Report

Well said. This chick shares your opinion. Medicine is a FOR PROFIT INDUSTRY. Buyer beware!

jayabee52 2015-02-03 20:12:36 -0600 Report

Howdy Jeanette. I wonder how much of the rise in expenses is due to the ACA healthcare law.

haoleboy 2015-02-03 23:15:51 -0600 Report

the study encompassed the years 1987 - 2011 … so before the ACA.
My question is how does this compare with the increase in health care costs in general over the same time period?

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