France is my country and I can't believe what I read : my government wants to reduce the numbers of test strips for diabetics (type 1 and type 2, all in the same boat). You know here we have (had) Sécurité Sociale, and when you have diabetes for instance, all your medications for diabetes are free. It's a very good thing. In our country we are living in a Republic, where those 3 words seemed to be forgotten : Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. And now, there is no money. And the project of law is to repay only 1 test strip by day... how can I try to go well? What about the children, the adults who are trying to live with insulins??? Where are we going to?
Yesterday people were in the streets and I saw a man with a placard, and I read this:" I'm diabetic and
"you" (the project of law of the government) want to kill me" . I hope and think the French government doesn't want to do that and this project will stay as a bad project of law. Maybe I had a nightmare

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Comment by Terrie on October 3, 2010 at 3:13am
I hope that you did have a nightmare. I do not believe it either. No Diabetic can live by 1 test strip a day properly especially if a Person is on Insulin. .Much more protests for sure. I'm afraid this will happen around the world.
Comment by Claire on October 3, 2010 at 3:40am
our state insurance covers 3 strips a day which is not much as well, I have to buy another 3 strips a day on average but just 1 strip would really be a death sentence for those who are from lower income families... hope your government responds to the protests and does not pass the policy.
Comment by Brigitte on October 3, 2010 at 9:12am
the Association Française des diabétiques asked the government and nothing new. But I think we have a very strange government now. Yes death sentence because here people are more and more without work... It's easy to show to others one group of people, they spent all the money of France Securité Sociale, and History showed us what could happen! I'm really afraid about.
Comment by Brigitte on October 3, 2010 at 10:08am
8 to 10 to control. 6 is the minimum (before/after meals) and we need so many times to test (before going out, when I'm feeling that I'm not well (hypo, hyper)....I got 2 boxes of 100 each month, they are free.
Comment by tmana on October 3, 2010 at 2:03pm
You are seeing the dark side of socialized (i.e., government-mediated, government-provided, paid-for-from-taxes-instead-of-personal-income) medicine: at some point in time, care will be rationed and those whose health costs more than the average person will be marginalized out of existence (unless they have the resources to purchase that care privately -- possibly even out-of-country). The only difference between this and free-market medicine is that a chunk of all available funds for medicine goes into the pockets of bureaucrats rather than going into goods, services, and research.
Comment by KimKat on October 3, 2010 at 2:36pm
Boy at least you get something free. Not here in the US - we had a big debate thread going on about this. No diabetic anything for free.

I will have to get me one of those "I'm diabetic and 'you' want to kill me signs." and go stand in front of the White House (and get arrested - maybe. LOL)
Comment by Anonymous Jim on October 3, 2010 at 8:27pm
Ouch and I really liked the French health care system hope it doesn't pass.
Comment by Brigitte on October 4, 2010 at 1:03am
I like my French health care system born after second World War and came from 1936. The thing that I can't understand is why only one test a day for diabetics with insulins. In france we have no french glucometer, and when we want to use an American pump for instance, the Omnipod, some French research study the object for two or more years... there's something wrong. Yes, I thing there is research. And don't forget there about ( or aound) 60 millions of people in France and only 140 000 type 1 (children and adults). This project of law is bad.
I hope they didn't know diabetes.
Comment by Terrie on October 4, 2010 at 1:28am
There is a dark-side to everything. If every Government would step up and look after their own Citizens with the tax dollars and monies donated, then their Citizens wouldn't need to go to other countries to get help which significantly stresses the countries giving them the aid. There are many other reasons but the economy has been going downhill for all countries as we know. for many years resulting in the lacking, we see today. The corrupt actions and greed of major companies has played a big part in the negative also. Everything is connected.
Comment by Terrie on October 4, 2010 at 1:30am
On a brighter point, KimKat, you crack me up. :D Thanks for the weekly smiles.


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