Diabetes Cost Me This Much This Year

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I just did the math on how much money I spent this 2012 for my diabetes.  I included doctor visits and labs and prescriptions and even glucose tablets.

It came out to $1000.  And I’d like to quickly note that if I ate the standard American diet (thus needing more insulin and strips) I’d have spent almost $2000.

Anyway, not bad, right?  Or is it?  I’ve had diabetes so long I don’t even know anymore.

Recalling what others mention spending I think I’m one of the lucky ones.  Still, I know an extra $1000 would have done my family some good.

But mom being healthy does the family tons of good.

I’m really curious, how much did you spend on your diabetes this year?

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I’m British and feel very fortunate as we pay nothing at point of use ( although standards of care can vary from one area to the next and also upon how assertive the patient is)
Still, I’m actually surprised that with doctors visits, blood tests etc etc and with what I am assuming is a reasonable supply of test strips your costs have not amounted to even more than this. From reading other blogs of people with diabetes in the US, even those on MDI rather than pumps, it seems that two or three times the amount which you are paying would not be unusual. I assume it’s down to not only whether you are insured but variation in what is covered from one policy to the next. I understand what you are saying about managing carbs for less insulin use, more predictable results and hence slightly less test strip consumption- hence reduced costs

Thankfully I spent only time managing my diabetes this year. The US Military Tricare is really good. I feel fortunate that if I was to ever get type 1 diabetes in my life, that it happened while in the military vs before or after. Do you use a pump Sysy?


Great of you to look on the bright side! I do not use a pump. I did for about 7 years and have been off for about 6 years now. That helps keep my costs low, no doubt :)

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