I am curious if anyone here pays for a CGM out of pocket (particularly the Minimed one) and if so, what is the cost? The Minimed is the only one we have in Canada hence why I ask about it, and I don't use a MM pump so it would be the standalone one ...

I am just curious so am reluctant to go contacting any companies as I don't want sales people going after me, hence why I am asking here.

Is a CGM worth buying to only use occasionally? How much (roughly) would it cost to use continuously?

I am interested in getting trends from a CGM only, I don't really care about absolute accuracy or high/low warnings. We do have a CGM through our diabetes clinic that can be rented but there is a waiting list for it and it's only for a few days. I so often feel like having something I own that I could use every few weeks when things aren't making sense would be so beneficial! I already test 10x per day but there are times like right now where my overnight readings are going all over the place and I have been unable to fix them even waking up 2-3x per night. A CGM would be so helpful to see what is going on, I think.

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I have both the mm sof sensor and the Dexcom 7 plus (US version). I am trying to get insurance coverage, but currently I pay out of pocket and live in Canada.
Dexcom costs 319 for a 4 pack and I typically get around 14 days per sensor.
MM cost 190 for a 4 pack and I usually get around 8 days per sensor.
The cost per day works out to be fairly similar, but the Dexcom is a far superior sensor in terms of accuracy, comfort and useability, I would suggest putting the extra effort in to getting the Dexcom from the US.

How did you go about getting one from the States?

I don't think that there are many people who end up using the CGMS occasionally. You either absolutely hate it and never use it or you get completely hooked and use it all the time.

My experience with the Medtronic system (2-1/2 years of fairly worthless results) would be to wait for the new Enlite system or figure out a way to get Dexcom.




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