It is my understanding that this is a fee to be imposed on the medical device manufacturers which I assume will be passed through to consumers. I do not know if pumps, etc are included. Good question we should be asking as this process continues.
I believe it specifically applies to medical devices like insulin pumps. I'm afraid that this will only increase the amount we'll have to pay each month for supplies. These types of taxes don't really affect manufacturers; they're usually passed onto the consumer.
But, I guess when you've got a $900 billion tab for healthcare "reform," someone's got to pay for it. I just wish it wasn't me (or you).
Our actual pump hardware might be purchased every four years, but we are required to change our infusion sets (which inculdes a reservoir and tubing - all purchased separately) every 2-3 days. There is a significant monthly expense with all pumps, not just Omnipod.
Actually, all pumps and supplies are referred to as Durable Medical Equipment (DME) under all insurance plans I've ever had. The materials I saw related to the proposed healthcare reform bill also use that same terminology (DME).
This is how I view medical devices as. If they have it at a hospital then it's a medical device. Syringes included. I could be wrong on that but that's how I saw it as. that could also mean that our Meters are apart of it too and that goes for every diabetic who has issues. I think this bill is nothing but problems.
Only if we don't start immediately writing to our Senators and congressional reps to point out that these fees are putting a huge burden on a segment of the population that already pays through the nose for life-preserving care. Average cost of diabetes supplies is $12000/year. If you don't wish to pay more, start writing letters. I've sent two letters to Sens. Collins and Snowe already, and intend to send many many more. Folks, diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases there is. There is power in numbers. It's just a question of getting everyone to put their voice into the choir, as it were.
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