there should be more help for people that have no insurance to get diatetic help

cantina
By cantina Latest Reply 2015-02-07 16:17:58 -0600
Started 2010-12-21 14:07:57 -0600

I'm going to be 35 on saturday and I'm not happy. My legs hurt all the time and my sugar is sky high over 300 usually. Can't find help where I live and it's hard to save money to go to the doctor to get blood work and medicine. I haven't been to the doctor about my sugar since a year ago. I dont medicine anymore and i'm so upset that I cant afford my visits. I just called around surrounding hospitals for support groups and you have to pay money to go to the support groups and I dont think thats right.


12 replies

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-07 14:39:14 -0600 Report

Happy birthday, I'm sooo sorry to hear your story. have you checked to see if there are any clinics in your area? we have hone here, they base your fee off your income. If you don't have an income there isn't a fee. As far as the meds go, try to contact the people who make the meds, Most of them have programs to help. I will be praying for you

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-02-07 16:17:58 -0600 Report

howdy Sopie
This discussion was originally posted 4 + yrs ago. That was before PPACA (aka Obamacare) was enacted. Perhaps that should have helped out Cantina.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-12-23 12:28:53 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear of your troubles. I will pray that you can get the help you are in need of. I agree that it is wrong to make people pay to go to a support group. When I was feeling better I started a polio support group. We had about 30 people come and it was free. There are many people that are in your boat who would come if someone would start a group. I wish you the best and Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
Your Friend
JoAnna

ston3xc
ston3xc 2010-12-23 08:48:52 -0600 Report

I'm having trouble by not having insurance, also. I do have medicaid, but the sites on the web don't offer free meds if you're on it. And don't even get me started on spend downs and prescription costs! I found out about a sliding-fee program offered by a nearby hospital, so I'm going to check that out after the holidays. I hope that you can find somewhere in your area that offers the same - you have to ask around. God Bless!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-12-22 08:01:34 -0600 Report

It took me about 9 months, but I did finally find a clinic that will take me on a sliding scale based on my income. That has been a god send! I found them by calling my local hospital and asking about their "free" or "charity" programs. They pointed me in the direction of the clinic. I pay $5 for my labs and $10 for my visits.

Now I will say, I worked MUCH harder at getting control before I found the doctor. I am going to go back to the mindset that I have to do it on my own. I think that combination will produce good results. If you cannot find a doctor right away, seek out diet and exercise help from the discussions here. Doing those things is very proactive and will give you some results, if not great ones. Be devoted to yourself. You are young and now that you have a new year coming, make it a year of determination.

The other things you might look into is your local health department. And if you have to pay to be part of a support group...start one of your own and make it a free one so other people like you will be able to come. It might start just as a coffee meet and greet, but it can grow as the group grows. Sometimes if the niche is not filled, it is just waiting for us to do it.

Mystic63
Mystic63 2010-12-21 16:49:51 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear this. I know its not fair and its hard too. Im in the same situation as you. I have been checking into some free programs for doctor visits. I dont know what meds you take but the company making lantus does have a program for persons with no insurence to get lantus at no cost. You can go on there website and fill an application to enroll. Again Sorry to hear this and i do wish you the best in finding some help with your doctors and meds. God Bless.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-12-21 15:19:30 -0600 Report

Howdy Catina!

You came to the right place to find information: There are several discussions which speak of the same problems you have. Here's one: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/40..., and another good one: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/71....

Unfortunately help doesn't jump out at you. You're going to need to do some "legwork" to check out all the programs, what their requirements are, ect. But there are many places where you might find assistance of various kinds.

I'm praying you'll find what you need

God's richest Blessings to you and yours!

James

keek
keek 2010-12-21 14:20:09 -0600 Report

Do you need supplies? I have lancets and One Touch Strips that you can have… I know that isn't what you posted about, but I thought I'd offer anyway. Send me a message if you want either.

ddesdimes
ddesdimes 2010-12-23 10:06:24 -0600 Report

I also am too young for medicare and do not qualify for medicaid. I would be very happy if you could send me some lancets and One Touch Strips. I've just been diagnosed w/type 2 and my wife also has type 2. So it's a double whammy until we reach 65, which is several years. Please let me know how I can get these supplies from you. God bless you for your willingness to share with others.

Dave

BandonBob
BandonBob 2010-12-23 11:48:06 -0600 Report

Check with the different medical supply companies to see if you qualify for assistance from them. That is how I get my Januvia which is not on the VA formulary. Also check with your state because some states have prescription cards available that offer discounts on meds.

jeffrey9127
jeffrey9127 2010-12-21 14:17:44 -0600 Report

I am sorry to hear you are having such difficulties with your health. Are there any Charities or community service organizations that could be of help to you? Please check, and ask your Dr. if you can get medications for free from Drug companies. Please keep in touch, and Happy Birthday!