When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

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When insurers drop medications for cheap alternatives, the effects can be devastating for some patients: Philly.com

“Splashing around in the pool, skin slick with sunscreen, Shane Butcher was a normal 9-year-old kid on a perfect summer day. And then he wasn’t,” Sarah Gantz writes over at The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He floated toward the edge of the pool, energy suddenly replaced by a vacant expression, his blood sugar plummeting so low he […]

“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

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“Insulin is too expensive for many of my patients. It doesn’t have to be”: The Washington Post

“At age 15, I suddenly felt an unquenchable thirst and began urinating frequently. I lost 20 pounds. I had developed Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that destroyed my body’s ability to produce insulin,” Dr. David M. Tridgell wrote at The Washington Post not long ago. “Without insulin, I would have eventually developed a condition […]

Making Insulin Affordable: Foreign Affairs

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Making Insulin Affordable:  Foreign Affairs

James Elliott is convinced that the statistics describing the prevalence of type 1 diabetes are misleading,” Fran Quigley writes in Foreign Affairs. “’People say that there is little or no type 1 diabetes in poor countries,’ he says. ‘But that is because all of the people who had it are dead.’ Elliott, a health researcher […]

Studies Show Diabetes Members’ Overall Costs: AIS Health

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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Studies Show Diabetes Members’ Overall Costs: AIS Health

“A group of commercially insured members with diabetes cost two-and-a-half times what a similar group without the condition cost, according to a recent analysis of pharmacy and medical claims data,” Angela Maas writes at AIS Health. “But when members with diabetes took a statin to prevent heart disease per 2013 updated guidelines, their risk for […]

A doctor’s view on payments: Cherry-picking and lemon-dropping

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Guest post summary: “The dirty little secret of current medical payment changes is doctors and hospitals now have a financial incentive to not provide care for some patients, those who put the providers at higher risk of financial penalties. We call this phenomenon cherry-picking and lemon dropping,” writes Mary O’Connor, M.D., Yale School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital, […]

You Can Buy Insulin Without A Prescription, But Should You? | Kaiser Health News

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Summary: “As anyone who needs insulin to treat diabetes can tell you, that usually means regular checkups at the doctor’s office to fine-tune the dosage, monitor blood-sugar levels and check for complications. But here’s a little known fact: Some forms of insulin can be bought without a prescription,” writes Sarah Jane Tribble on Kaiser Health […]

Diabetes test strips: How much do they cost? 15 cents or $1.50 each.

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Summary: Diabetes test strips can cost a lot. We heard prices ranging from  15 cents a strip, to $9 for a box of 50 strips (18 cents each) up to $1.50 per strip. A little more than 60 cents a strip is not uncommon. The strips are used by diabetics to test their blood glucose. […]

Diabetes test strips: $87.99 — or $12.99, or $9 — for 50. Cheaper without insurance? Quite possibly.

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Summary: We have turned our attention to crowdsourcing the prices of diabetes test strips. Early results are in, and  we are seeing as much as $87.99 or $25 for a box of 50. Best price so far: $9 for 50 at Wal-Mart, or $12.99 for 50, with the iPhone (thanks, @T1Runner !) Also, it looks like what […]

How much do diabetic test strips cost? Our new PriceCheck project

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Summary: Managing chronic conditions like diabetes can be  costly, even if you have insurance. We’re starting a segment in our PriceCheck project to crowdsource the price of a common diabetic supply, the test strip. This is the fourth item in our PriceCheck series; the first three were mammograms, MRI’s, and IUD’s. You can not only […]