my name is Sahli, i am male, 34 years old german (originally from morocco) and i have diabetes type 1 since 3 weeks. During my stay at the hospital i was monitored by a dexcom seven plus. Now i left the hospital and i am without the dexcom. It was very calming to have the sugar level "under control". But now i feel like having no idea of what is happening. I am very nervous and afraid during worktime, afraid i could loose control. I cant leave my jobposition every time to check my bloodsugar with a conventional equipment. I asked my healthinsurance if they could be so kind and pay the dexcom. But they said "no". In Germany the Dexcom Receiver G4 costs 1500€ Euro which is about 2000$ United States Dollars. The G4 Sender/Antenna costs 500€ which is 700$ US Dollar and 4 Sensors cost 280€ which is about 400$ US-Dollar. I am not earning a lot of money, but i saved some money during the years. Now i would like to buy a Dexcom G4 from USA. Because i saw in Internet that the receiver in USA costs only 500$ and the Antenna only 400$. I am asking all of you kind people: Is there a trustful person to which i can transfer the Money in order to buy a Dexcom Starter Kit (Receiver, Antenna, ans Sensor) for me and ship it with UPS to Germany? I dont know if this is a good idea, but at least its a try worth in order to not to loose my job and to reduce my psycological pressure during workin time. I hope there is a trustful person or group of person who can help me in this case. I would not ask, if i wasnt a helpful person as well. I always try to help where i can.
Sahli, the only problem with someone in the USA purchasing a DexcomG4 system for you is it is only available with a prescription from a doctor. So the person would have to obtain a prescription just to buy it. I just got my system a few weeks ago and I love the feeling of being under control. But right on every package it says Rx only.
So the question is, can you get a doctor in the states to write you a prescription, or is there anyone here who is a doctor who can write the appropriate prescriptions for you to get the system ? My health insurance covered the entire cost which was a big relief to me. Keep in mind though the sensors are only really good for a little more than 2 weeks, so you would need more than just 1.
I agree with Clare, that it is a) not possible to buy the system without a prescription and b) it is not a good idea for someone to sell you one without you being monitored by a doctor. The Dex provides good "ballpark" data, but you still need to test often. You cannot rely completely on the Dex - you will run into trouble.
BTW, it took me a year of "discussions" with my insurance before they finally agreed to pay for it. I am not surprised that as a newly diagnosed diabetic, you are being turned down. The insurance wants to treat you the least expensive way possible (for them) and they are going to want some data from you and your doctor before they consider a CGM.
I wish you luck with this process.
I could not agree with you more. Dex has given me (and my husband) a ton more piece of mind.
Have you checked eBay?
Good luck to you!
Thank you for the answers. I have a prescription from my doctor, and he give me a prescription plus a confirmation saying that i need a dexcom for job reasons. i know that i can not only rely on the dexcom measurings. but it can help me on my way to a good adjusted diabetic. No, unfortunally i dont know a doctor in USA. And yes, i checked Ebay, but couldnt find a dexcom. Seems like it wasnt a good idea...
The US eBay site has a number of DexCom auctions:
Yes, but it looks as though it is all the 7+ not the newer G4 version
Ask your doctor to put you in contact with the Dexcom Clinical Manager for your area of Germany. The Dexcom representative may have some ideas about how to write the request for your insurance company. Hope this helps. Send Private Message if you need clarification.
first i called my insurance and they said "no". Then my doc wrote a long letter to my insurance and they finally said okay. I received the dexcom G4 already and i am really happy now:-)) thank you all for your support.
I'm very happy you were able to work it out with the insurance company and get the G4. Continued good health, Clare