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Diabetes care in the UK

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by Triciasquisha, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. tigger

    tigger Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The best things you can do is educate yourself so you can get the best out the system. The system is good but does vary with what we call the postcode lottery. This means where you live and the hospital you go to affect what you can be prescribed particularly with pumps. I'd recommend having a look at the input website which gives information as to which hospitals give pumps and to whom. Cgms are a lot more difficult but libres are cheaper and better here than in the US. They have a 14 day life span and 1 hr start up instead of 12 and cost £44 with the vat discount. Plus you can run them off some phones.
     
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    Rogerclinton Type 2 · Newbie

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    Rogerclinton Type 2 · Newbie

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    I live in British Columbia, Canada. We get very little help from our government. You Brits are so lucky with good medical service, good mail service, and out standing train service. I live in a great country and I am not compainings and consider my self lucky to live in Canada. We do not pay to see a doctor and there is no charge if you have to go to the hostital. I,m just lucky I don't live in the US where there is no help.
     
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    db89 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Outstandingly expensive, perhaps, but I think you're talking about Germany if you're referencing performance of the railways.
     
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    aseret Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hi Bob, I am a UK national, living full time in France, i think very near you...... same village if i am not mistaken!

    I am type 2 , diagnosed about 6 years ago and cant get test meter or strips paid for so in the beginning i did buy a meter in England and can get the strips over the counter here but they are quite expensive. All my medication is covered 100% on all stuff 'diabetes related' by the French health system but i am not sure if that is available to you, I am registered self employed here so am entitled to full health benefits under their system. I am fortunate and having lost some weight, i have managed to get my BG levels down and my medication has now been stopped. I have regular check-ups (all free) and have been told that i can control this by diet. I think its very different for Type 1's, but the French system is very very good, if you can cope with the language barrier.
     
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    Lazell123 Type 1 · Active Member

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  7. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Remember that we pay higher taxes (including hidden taxes, VAT and National Insurance) than some other countries.
     
  8. jcbman

    jcbman I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Why are you required to test?
     
  9. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    Out of curiosity, what is the dietary advice? Low carb or Mediterranean diet / Eatwell plate? I have the impression that it's the latter.
     
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    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    The French pay higher taxes than us.
     
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  11. LouWilk059

    LouWilk059 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm type 2 no meds, in Canada. I pay for my lancets and test strips (about $80 for 100 test strips/about $45 British pound I believe)
     
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    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I said 'some'
     
  13. jcbman

    jcbman I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Who?
    Or are we just knocking the UK because it's good to?
     
  14. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    what are you on about? I made a factual statement. Where does knocking the uk come into this??????
     
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  15. jcbman

    jcbman I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Who then buddy?
    Who gets the cheaper life?
    Names and numbers ?
     
  16. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    @jcbmanThe statement was qualified. Good enough for me.

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  17. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Please pay nicely, jcbman. Please consider how people interpret your posts.
     
  18. jcbman

    jcbman I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just asking where the grass is greener, 'cos I reckon 'qualified' we pay a lot less taxes in the UK.
    And I've driven over a lot of the EU.
    Sorry if it upsets anyone, but I'd still like to play nicely, can't see how asking for numbers isn't team GB, but you're the boss on here.
     
  19. purplesally

    purplesally Type 1 · Active Member

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    The thought of not having free health care terrifies me. Since diagnosis I have had to cut my hours considerably and just managing the day to day bills. I paid my prescriptions for the first month and even though I wasn't paying full price for each drug it cost almost £100, that's free now. I didn't have to pay for any of my technology I was provided with that while in hospital. Again my hospital stay (8 days) was also free. For the first 2 months I had daily access to my diabetic team including 2 consultant visits and an eye specialist. In the last 2 weeks I have had 2 preventative treatments ( flu & pneumonia jabs) and a review with full blood tests, again free. Boy am I glad I have the NHS
     
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