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The Human Cost of Insulin in America

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by NewTD2, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. NewTD2

    NewTD2 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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  3. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    And if you're covered under an employment plan, what happens to you when you retire?

    With the ever increasing number of insulin diabetics in the States, it's fourth world health care
     
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  4. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    And we in the UK have the cheek to moan about our NHS system.
     
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  5. Mike d

    Mike d Type 2 · Expert

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    We dunno how lucky we are BT.
     
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  6. NewTD2

    NewTD2 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Thank God for the NHS
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    What an appalling mess in the USA. Banting will be turning in his grave!!
     
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    I remember Trump whinging about how the UK get drugs cheaper than the US. I can't help but think that's because they charge so much more in the US.

    Interesting story at https://www.drugwatch.com/featured/us-drug-prices-higher-vs-world/

    A quote from the article "The problem is a 10 mL bottle of insulin in the U.S. has a list price of about $450." and then "Jane buys her insulin illegally from Canada, where a comparable bottle of insulin costs about $21." This might be a guess, but I can't see Canada subsidising millions of Americans, so is $21 nearer the actual cost.

    So is that the manufacturers milking the insurers?

    Another interesting quote "

    According to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, nearly 5 million Americans bought their prescription medications from other countries in 2013 to save money, despite federal restrictions.

    A more recent poll published in November 2016 by Kaiser Family Foundation found 19 million adults in the U.S. imported medication from Canada or other countries.
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    The more you look into this, the more interesting it gets. Another interesting article about what the NHS pays for insulin.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/insulin-costs-nhs-five-times-more-than-it-should-swr32q09q

    As already mentioned, thank god for the NHS, especially the staff doing my MRI scan at ten past 6 this evening. I promise to be good. Would you like flowers chocolates?
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I am sure the USA suppliers charge more because the insurance companies will pay, or at least charge up to the amount the insurers will pay. This of course forces up the cost of insurance premiums and is very detrimental to those without insurance.
     
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  10. carol43

    carol43 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    I supplement my thyroid meds with T3 which I have to buy abroad for approx £40 incl postage for 3 months supply. The NHS will very very rarely prescribe because, the last I heard, it costs well over £800.
     
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    Just checked to see that this had been picked up. I saw the BBC report.
    Be thankful we have the NHS.
     
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