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From Spring Hill, Florida, USA:

What does someone with type 1 diabetes do when they are uninsured and do not qualify for Medicaid? I am unable to afford supplies, let alone medical care. The saying in my family is, "Well, do we eat or does mom get new syringes?' I have a pump but haven't used it in over a year due to the high cost of supplies.


One gets a job with health insurance. There are programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies to provide assistance for uninsured people in need, but if you do not qualify for Medicaid, you will not qualify for these programs.


[Editor's comment: See Paying for diabetes expenses, General Information (Scroll down to "Financial Aid"), Free Drugs and prior questions about insurance for some other answers to similar questions. WWQ]

Original posting 7 May 2003
Posted to Insurance/Costs


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