I was just curious about the costing of Medicines needed by Diabetics in America. I have heard a few horror stories here on Tudiabetes about folks not being able to afford insulin, needles, test strips ect.
As an American, I was lucky enough to be diagnose here in Australia with Type 1. ( I know lucky sounds strange, but hear me out) First of all, the public health care system in Australia is free. You can basically walk into any hospital here and not be refused treatment. In some cases you may have to wait a very long time for the treatment but you do get it. Secondly, the cost associated with your medicine is subsidised significantly. For example, I received a script for 6 boxes of 5 Nova Lantas insulin pens and 6 boxes of 5 Nova Rapid insulin pens for well under $60. This also came with a script to re-fill when empty. The disposable needles for the insulin pens are free and the test strips for my meter cost around $14 per box of 100.
Diabetes educator are free unless you wish to pay for specialist, in this case you are refunded half the cost after each visit.
These cost to me ease a heavy burden of knowing that I may have to pay for these items for the rest of my life. I can't imagine at this stage having to worry about whether or not I can afford to pay for my next lot of insulin.
If the U.S system is not like the Australian system, can someone please get the politicians over there to look into something like this. It would make life a lot easier for people with a burden like ours.