Picked up my insulin prescriptions today. Thank fuck for Medicaid:
Your insurance saved you $384.79 - a month’s worth of long-acting insulin
Your insurance saved you $319.99 - a month’s worth of short-acting insulin
That’s over $700 per month for a life-saving, absolutely mandatory medication, to treat a disease that is considered random - as in, you don’t “cause” your type 1 diabetes. You didn’t eat too much sugar, your parents didn’t bone the wrong person, you’re just unlucky.
There is no other treatment for this disease than insulin, and off insurance, which our government is currently trying to destroy, it would cost seven hundred dollars to survive it for a month.
And that’s just insulin - that doesn’t take into account syringes or test strips, or insulin pump supplies like infusion kits, or the “optional” things you’re really supposed to have like alcohol wipes and sharps containers.
I also picked up a Glucagon kit, which is an emergency sugar injection kit for when your blood sugar is so low you literally cannot function. Without insurance, it would have been $442.99.
This is absolutely horrifying, and so many people don’t understand what it would take for a diabetic to stay alive. Our current capitalistic health system is untenable, and if it gets any worse, so many people are going to die.