Earlier this week, I read a message in the Yahoo! Group for Insulin Pump Users titled "Laid-off need Insulin".
I cannot adequately describe how that made me feel. I was close to being uninsured in the past (2003), when I had recently been diagnosed, and the feeling of having to face the cost of managing this disease without insurance overwhelmed me in a way that I would rather forget today.
So reading about someone who doesn't mind posting this in a forum where 1,000 other diabetics participate on and off brought to mind how vulnerable we really are in the face of our crazy health system (don't get me started with this topic...)
If I may, I will share in here the three best replies the poster received, in case (God forbid) they ever come in handy for anybody in TuDiabetes:
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance: a group that brings together pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them.
- Lilly Cares: a program supplied by Eli Lilly and Company to
- If you see an endocrinologist for your diabetes care, let them know of any situation like this. Pharmaceutical companies supply endo's offices with different types of insulin specifically for patient use.
Here's one personal tip that I would recommend to anyone going through a rough (financial) time, in order to get all the ideas you can for saving money on medications, supplies, groceries, doctor visits and much more: read the book How to Save Up to $3000 a year On Your Diabetes Costs