I just found out my diabetic education is just one meeting with the educator

realsis77
By realsis77 Latest Reply 2010-08-28 10:15:24 -0500
Started 2010-08-16 11:07:08 -0500

I have medicare and I found out today the education I have been looking forward to is one meeting! ONE MEETING! You got to be kidding me! That's all my medicare will pay for! I'm so disappointed! No wonder there are so many people getting complications from diabetes! Everyone I am so glad I have you to turn to. I'm so upset! I really need to be educated on my diabetes! One meeting hardly seems enough! What are your thoughts on this ? I think they should pay for better education! Our health depends on our knowledge and how we fight our disease! I think its just sad to only give one meeting! I'm so upset!


15 replies

LKeplinger
LKeplinger 2010-08-28 10:15:24 -0500 Report

Know this: Medicare, while funded by the federal government, is set up state-by-state. In other words, it is up to the individual states, once in receipt of the funds, to decide reimbursement fees, program coverage, etc. Look in to it…and fuss with the state in which you live.

newbie51
newbie51 2010-08-20 08:59:35 -0500 Report

I was able to get my classes paid for with a grant from the diabetes clinic. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go at all. I had diabetes education a few years ago and my insurance paid for that but that was all. They only paid for one time only. Check into getting a grant from the place where the education will be at. That might help.
Judith

Roy531
Roy531 2010-08-20 08:43:17 -0500 Report

My class was for 8 hours with a dietician and a diabetes nurse with a follow-up with them which my insurance did not pay for. Covered a lot of stuff in 8 hours and a lot of it cannot remember, that's why it is good to be here amongst friends that you can turn to for help.

Roy

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2010-08-20 07:09:32 -0500 Report

I too had only one visit with a Dietician and a Diabetes educator and felt overwhelmed by the time my appointment was over. I was glad that I had been given reading material to take home with me. I have relied on Internet articles and information from my sister who is also a diabetic. Luckily I found this site and can read about other peoples' experiences. It helps to know that others have questions and answers about carb intake and weight loss. The most important thing that I am finding out is I am not alone dealing with my Diabetes.

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-08-16 12:35:50 -0500 Report

Typically, what I have seen with me is just the one appointment with a educator and one with a dietician. I've had some follow-ups with both as well along the way. It kind of just depends on you and your medical team with this. I would talk to your medical team how you feel about this. Express and communicate with them so they know where you stand, what your wants are, and what you need. Just remember, you are the one who is in control.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-08-16 12:12:55 -0500 Report

If you cant get any more appointments ther e are a lot of frends here that can and will help you.
best wishes
Harlen

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-08-16 11:25:30 -0500 Report

Deep breath! Once you have the appointment you can voice your concerns and ask for a referral for additional assistance. You may want to see how informative that one appointment goes before assuming that it's not going to be enough for you. Surely the educator can point out other resources for assistance that will help you. I don't know what the norm is for diabetes counseling or what is or is not discussed. Again, deep breath and keep us posted.