I'm sending a shout out to all here who have encountered Edgepark Medical and the usurious/overpricing of their diabetes supplies! OMG I have been beside myself ever since this afternoon when I learned that my new insurance company is contracted with Edgepark for durable medical supplies, and - I kid you not - the same supplies I previously went through Animas (I doubt the brands(s) any of us use matters) to buy is listed at 65% to 67% OVER what the manufacturer charges!!!
This means my box of 10 Inset 30 infusion sets that Animas has a list price of $135.00 has an Edgepark Medical "catalog" price of $402.19! Every item at Edgepark is so overpriced I'm just sick.
How, in today's America, can a company get away with this? I have to pay my insurance 20% of the allowable - the contracted amount they have agreed upon with this company's (Edgepark's) usurious practices. If it works out to be more than the full Animas price of $135 I am simply not paying Edgepark.
There has to be an avenue of recourse to identify such injustice. I am floored! How can we band together to protect ourselves and loved ones from becoming victims of such unconscionable practices?
I've had a rough few weeks and this about sinks my ship.
I'm seeing Attorney Generals, etc in my future. I want to stand up to this with every fiber in my being!
Thank you for listening my friends. I hope my discussion doesn't get pulled.
One voice may not be powerful enough, but many might make the difference? Just want your thoughts.
Update: So I've been in touch with Edgepark about getting my supplies from them now instead of directly from Animas. So far my experience has been good. My insurance co. (Anthem) must have negotiated a better deal with Edgepark than they could get with Animas (either that or Animas is trying to get out of the business of being a direct provider--anyone know if that's the case or not?) because my co-insurance is going to be about $50 less than it was when I was getting it straight from Animas. I don't understand how that could possibly be, since now there's a middle man involved, but who knows? So, we'll see. I'm cautiously optimistic at this point, and will continue to let you know my experience once I actually receive a shipment from them, but so far, so good.
I just started with my new pump in mid-October and my insurance doesn't have a direct contract with Animas and I have to go through a distributor--Edgepark, of all places! I have been absolutely livid with them from day one and it doesn't get any better. They charge nearly double--and that's my insurance contracted rate! I am contacting my insurance company and discuss this with them. When I reorder my supplies in March it is going to be close to $5000 for the next 3 months! That is ridiculous. (Especially when I can buy my supplies at retail through Animas for only $1550 for 3 months.)
I am glad to hear someone else is with Edgepark and as livid as I am! I have never done anything with the Attorney General, etc, so if you do that will you educate me on what to do and how to do it? Thanks! :)
It's just a game, they have negotiated a lower price with Edgepark than the Animas discounted price.
or the insurance co. would not have switched vendors....they are not going to just up and start paying
higher prices for your supply's.
I bought supply's from MiniMed for years and now I get my supply's from Liberty Medical with no copay...
and MiniMed is the one who sent me to Liberty....go figure that one out...???