Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Co$t

NaBloPoMo - Day 4

The monthly cost of our diabetes supplies. 

1-box of 10 infusion sites - $135.00
1-box of pump cartridges - $36.50
1-pkg 2 lithium batteries - $7.99
1-pkg 2 AAA batteries - $2.50
1-box 50 transparent dressings $110
1-box 50 IV Prep wipes  - $13
1-box 50 Uni-Solve Adhesive Remover wipes - $15
8-boxes 50 blood sugar test strips $49.99 per  box $400
4 boxes 100 lancets - $14.99 per box = $59.96
1-vial of insulin - approx. $63 
2 to 3 jar of glucose tablets - $5.95 per bottle = approx $18 
1-box 100 alcohol swabs $2.50
1-box 10 Blood ketone strips - $54.45
1- box of  4 DexCom CGM sensors - $399
Misc. food expenses for low bg (juice boxes, smarties, starburst, fruit snacks, cheese and crackers etc. - $40 (varies a bit) 

total cost per month = $1368.90
The cost of keeping our Lovebug healthy = priceless.  

*The average family with a $20 copay for each prescription pays $150 plus cost of batteries, glucose tablets, alcohol swabs and misc. food expenses. Monthly total with most people end up being approx. $220.  Thankfully we have wonderful insurance through my husbands work and right now we have no out of pocket costs except for the batteries, Glucose tablets, alcohol swabs and misc. food expenses. 


Lora said...

WOW! Gotta love your insurance :)

The price of those batteries make me mad every time I but them... just sayin :)

Reyna said...

Sobering, isn't it?

Jamie said...

Dayum. When you break it down like that, it really makes you appreciate paying for health insurance each paycheck, right?!

Joanne said...

I've never broken down the costs... I've been too scared to. But you're right, I would pay any amount to keep Elise healthy.

Jen said...

I don't like looking at the is scary. I am so glad we have insurance too.

Jen said...

I don't like looking at the is scary. I am so glad we have insurance too.

Alexis of Justices Misbehaving Pancreas said...

I know this math all too well. Up until august 2010 Justice had no coverage. Made too much for medicaid, couldnt afford one job offered and he wouldnt be covered for the first year. We did everything cash pay. We switched to walmart strips cause they work the same and are 50 for a 100 and thank god we have never payed for insulin. Our endo provides as many "samples" as we needed.

But it was so hard either way. Even our pump is cash pay my dad had to finance it cause medicai8d wouldnt event look at the rx for a few months.

Its scary how much money is made off this disease and how those who cant afford it are left in the cold. With me and my husband being laid off now idk what we would do without the medicaid.

Sorry for the rant.

Amy said...

Ok, great idea. I might have to steal this one for tomorrow! But, of course, mine will be the cost of MDI supplies. Might actually be a fun comparison!

Wendy said...


It's kind of shocking when you look at it in black and white like that.

Meri said...

Ouch. That is so much money. :( that would make ours...x3...way too much!!


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