Strips can at least be purchased without insurance or an RX! I think the cost is the biggest issue. There are even less expensive options today. I am able get what I need because I learned how to advocate for myself to fill that need, and I am one of the lucky ones who has a doc who will advocate for me as well. Insurance limits can be negotiated.
Insulin for a pump is another story, there is no way to just walk in to the pharmacy and buy a bottle of rapid (at least not in my zip code(s)). And again, the price is outrageous. I try to remember that health insurance was not designed to fill our closets with strips and lancets and swabs and glucose tabs and even OJ (yep, I’ve seen OJ submitted on a claim before!!), and then there are all of the durables. Also, and this is something I have seen on the DOC again and again, folks use their strips to test friends, family, pets, and even sodas sometimes. I have also seen covered products for sale on line! Don’t think for a second that our providers are not aware of that.
Insurance coverage is no longer just to provide for the payments of services for sickness or injury and to cover for losses from accident, medical expense, disability, or accidental death and dismemberment. I don’t know when this changed but am aware that expectation for insurance coverage has certainly changed and so of course must the cost and limits follow. The last ECD stat I found said *Medical expenditures for people with diabetes are 2.3 times higher than for those without diabetes. And More than 1 in 10 health care dollars in the U.S. are spent directly on diabetes and its complications, and more than 1 in 5 health care dollars in the U.S. goes to the care of people with diagnosed diabetes
This statistical information is from 2012 so we know the numbers have not decreased! Diabetes is epidemic, we should be thankful that today we can’t be denied (at least not in my zip code(s)). I am happy that today we have all of the wonderful things and improved products to keep us out of the hospital for complications. I do think the cost for all of these necessary things needs to be evaluated and would drive the bus to join any activism about that.