Insulin pumps

By lily54 Latest Reply 2015-02-17 18:22:56 -0600
Started 2010-02-03 10:32:49 -0600

I have been checking into insulin pumps. Does anyone who uses one have any information they would care to share? Also, what are the approximate costs? Thanks!

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Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-17 18:22:56 -0600 Report

I will be getting my new pump towards the end of this week, It will be the first time for me, and I am very excited about it. I will be using a Medtronics pump. they have a very easy web site and it's loaded with tons of info. I have called them a couple of times and they were very helpful. My pump is $6,400 which my health coverage covers it all. I will be getting a blue one.

cjbdagb 2011-02-18 13:26:20 -0600 Report

I am new to the pump I am using Medtronic and really like it. My insurance paid for all but the test strips, I am trying to get them paid for because of it all being 1 system that goes together.

NewTerry19 2010-02-04 10:45:21 -0600 Report

I am on the Animas pump, pretty costly, but my insurance paid 80% and I got a huge discount for "upgrading". I love the pump! Has really helped my control, but with the pump you have to check your BS more often, but you gotta check anyway so no real difference. Check out their website too, Go price shopping and then talk to your doctor and insurance when you make the final decision. Good luck

Faz 2010-02-05 11:50:28 -0600 Report

I have been on the pump for 4 years now.. paradigm 715. (minimed)… my insurance paid for 90% of the pump so my co pay was $450… a 3 month box of supplies usually about $50
It works great.. better control & allows you to be more "normal". When you contact minimed.. you give them your insurance & Dr. info they do all the rest of the leg work & notify you all the details. When I decided to get the pump they sent it to me & a trainer came to my house & showed me how to work it… then both the trainer & I went to the Dr & set it up…best thing I could have done

packrat2 2010-02-03 10:51:07 -0600 Report

I have been on the pump for about one year now, cost is high…over $6000.00,{Medtronic}, Ins. may pay for 80% of cost, like Harlen said look at Medtronic web site…regards packrat2

kdroberts 2010-02-03 10:47:18 -0600 Report

The cost depends on the pump how you will be paying for it. If you have insurance they may or may not cover a certain percentage but it would be dependent on the plan. Figure the cash cost for the system at about $4000-6000 and then monthly costs of around $100-200. The omnipod has the cheapest start up cost but higher monthly costs and I would assume that the soon to be available Solo would be similar. The pumps with tubing have much higher start up costs but reduced monthly costs.

NewTerry19 2010-02-04 10:41:40 -0600 Report

Are you on the omnipod?? I have been think bout switchin over to that one. Does it work like the tube pumps? I am very interested in it, the more you can tell me the better. Thanks

kdroberts 2010-02-04 10:54:00 -0600 Report

I'm not on it but I've seen it and have talked to the reps about it. It works pretty much the same as the standard pups except the pump is the pod and the pod is attached to you. There is a control unit that looks like a PDA that does the calculations and handles all of the setup and insulin dosing. The pods last 3 days so that's where the higher running costs come in. Eventually it will become considerably more expensive than the traditional pump. It looks like a good system and most people on it like it. Go to and ask for the demo kit. You'll get a bunch of info plus a demo pod that you can wear to see how you like it. Also look at It's another tubeless pump that is going to be tested soon. You can also send off for a demo kit but it isn't available at the moment.

Harlen 2010-02-03 10:38:19 -0600 Report

I do and love it
Go to the medtronic site and take the class in pumping its good and will teach you 90% of what you need to know
mail me if you have any questions
I would be glad to help
Best wishes
as for casts it depends on your ins comp
I had to pay 700.00 to start and 120 every 90 days twice then it was free
till the new year.
the pod is cheaper to start but a lot more in the long run a lot more
hope this helps.

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