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How much do you pay for yours medications

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by hooner, Aug 27, 2020.

  1. hooner

    hooner · Member

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    What's your weekly/monthly/yearly cost of your medications for type 1 diabetes, everything included. Needles, insulin, stripes and so on and so forth.
    Do you pay for it yourself? insurance? medical card? government benefit?
     
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    becca59 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Luckily I am in the UK and we have the National Health Service. I paid in by a nominal tax when working but get all care and medications for free.
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Another lucky UK resident here. Thank God for the NHS
     
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    ert Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Medications for diabetics are free in the UK, but you need to apply for a medical exemption certificate.
     
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    Rokaab Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Though some of the newer tech is very much limited and not that many get that on prescription (eg libre) .
    But yes I'm another UK resident who doesn't have to pay for their prescription meds - I did have to self-fund the libre for 2 years though until I got it on prescription.
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Unless you live in Wales :) Cymru am byth
     
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    michita Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @hooner welcome to the forum:). I’m another living in the uk. Which country do you live and do you have to pay a lot ?
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The taxes we pay in comparison to the very costly prices of insulin, test strips, pump supplies etc are very minimal
     
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  9. hooner

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    how much do US citizens pay for their drugs.
     
  10. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    The NHS provides free treatment for many things - right from the maternity care, the hospital for the birth, most medical needs throughout childhood. The deductions from wages for tax and National Insurance vary according to income, and there are charges for prescriptions if not exempt, but when older, that is no longer to be paid, so I get all my medication free plus a state pension.
    I know which system I prefer to live with. When I was working I used to estimate that I worked for the state one week of each month, but it still left me enough to buy a house and ride a motorbike even when I lived alone.
     
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  11. Marie 2

    Marie 2 LADA · Well-Known Member

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    I am in the US. I pay $40 every 3 months for all the insulin I need, I pay $40 every 3 months for all the pods I need. The pump is free and the insulin for it would be free except that my preferred insulin only comes in a pen needle instead of a vial. My Dexcom supplies and testing strips are also free. My first insurance premiums and copays are covered completely by my secondary insurance. My secondary insurance premium is covered by my husbands past company he worked for.

    This wasn't always the case. We are retired now but when my husband was working we paid about $300 a month for the same above coverage in an insurance premium. My husband purposely left a better paying job 15 years before retirement to switch to a company that had better medical and retirement benefits.
     
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    #11 Marie 2, Aug 29, 2020 at 3:04 AM
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2020
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