Living with Diabetes with Inadequate Health Coverage

Diabetes requires a great deal of care and supplies, but if your insurance doesn't cover all the costs, or if you have no insurance, you might find yourself in a pickle. There are ways to cut the costs to make diabetes management more affordable.

Seek Help

There are clinics, hospitals and health departments that offer resources or low-cost care to diabetics with inadequate insurance, or no insurance. There are programs that help you obtain supplies at a discount or on a sliding-scale fee. If you're having trouble covering the costs, seek help through your local human resources department.

Bargain Hunt

Pharmacies set different prices for diabetic supplies, both over the counter and prescription. Before you shell out any cash, make some phone calls to find the lowest prices. You might even talk to your doctor about changing certain medications to generic brands, or switching from analog to human insulin, which can save thousands per year.

Buy in Bulk

Many supplies, such as syringes, lancets, test strips, etc., can be purchased from online suppliers in bulk. While it might cost more up front, they cost far less per item. This can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Take Care of Yourself

Eat a balanced diet, exercise, and take care of your feet, teeth and eyes. By taking good care of yourself, you can avoid a lot of diabetic complications that can have costly consequences.

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