Curious, if anyone knows how much cash it would take to acquire Dexcom?

Working on concept of artificial pancreas and clearly Dexcom is a frontrunner...

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Natalie, if you would like to purchase a used dexcom i know somebody that is selling one..email is jmurph@charter.net

great, just seeing this! I will email!

Recently, for insurance purposes I called Dexcom to ask how much the Dexcom cost. I was told that the kit cost $1448, $799 for the transmitter and $649 for the receiver. I believe that the kit includes some sensors.

Geez, that's a deal. I think my insurance company was billed $3867 for it last March.

I have seen some really weird figures that have been billed to insurance companies.
I don't remember the details but for a box of four sensors I saw where they had billed the insurance company way over $1000. I called them about it and was given a convoluted explanation that I totally didn't undestand, something about that what was written as being due was not the expected payment, or something. There are some strange 'goings on' in the medical insurance world.

Ive been shopping around, and the best deal I could find was with "american diabetes" wholesale. $950 for the starter kit. I see they have a "coupon code" entry on the order page, mabey google for ADW codes, worth a try.

I just got one last week. They billed my insurance 1k for the transmitter and receiver and 350 for the box of 4 sensors. So it's 1350 for the starter kit. I'm told by the Dexcom rep that if you call them up and tell them you pay cash w/o insurance, they can sell the sensors for less than 300 provided you buy a box of 6 or something like that. And Dexcom website has a $200 rebate right now no matter where you got yours from if you got yours this quarter

Not to sounds like such an idiot, but I'm new to this and want to get a cgm. The sensors last how long and cost how much roughly?

They last different lengths of time for different people. Dexcom says they are good for one week, but often they can be restarted. After restarting, for me, they usually last a total of ten to 14 days. Some folks get more and some only a week. I guess it depends on your body chemistry and your activity style. I am in the pool two to four times a week, and also a hot tub, most likely this is hard on the sensor.
I was told that four sensors cost something over $300.

Is it just me, or are these things way overpriced?

I can understand, since it is something that is kept "inside" your body, that the price may be a little high. But I think it should be more priced under $500 for the receiver and much less for the sensors, especially since they are thrown out after, what? 10 days average?

Think about how much our cell phones do for us and all the technology that they hold. They can do everything these days. Granted, they have to be charged just about every day for the fancy ones, but that's a small price to pay for so much technology. Also, other medical devices that go inside the body (without surgery) are much less. For myself, an IUD only cost $400 and it works perfectly 100% of the time.
Even the OmniPod is less expensive and it actually DELIVERS the insulin to you. The Dex is only sensing.

I understand that diabetes is way more complicated than texting or playing Angry Birds ever could be. And I greatly appreciate the strides that the medical community is making in regards to diabetes of both kinds. But hello, this is 2012! Am I the only one that thinks we should expect more for less in this area of our lives as well?

Yes, overpriced! Especially when it takes into account how many and how well they work! I call it an expensive work in progress. Love it when it works! Feel bare without it. Just another thing to make billions of dollars at our expense though, you are right.

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