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Re: [IP] Preferred provider's high supply prices
I just went through that. Got MiniMed's prices, then got prices from my
insurance company's in-net provider. My copay for MM is 50 percent; for the
in-net provider is 20 percent. It would cost me about $40 more to order from
MM, but it would cost my provider $500 more for me to order from the in-net
provider. (Because I had not yet met my deductible, it actually cost me $100
*less* to order from MM this time.)
What I did was call staff benefits and inform them of the cost difference and
ask if we could work something out. This was just a few days ago, so nothing
has been done yet, but I expect that we will come to a mutually acceptable
Staff benefits was unaware of the cost differential and was glad I brought it
to their attention. I think they are looking into some other durable medical
equipment costs as well. You might want to inform your carrier or benefits
office of the difference in prices. Actually, I would not have checked if MM
had not said I should do so and see which way was less expensive for me.
In a message dated 4/9/99 8:25:07 PM US Eastern Standard Time,
email @ redacted writes:
<< Here are the prices NMC says Humana pays them: 25 glass cartridges, 120.00
USD; 20 tenders, ten tubes (infusion sets), 244.50; grey adaptors with two
red tappets, 30.00; 100 Fast Take Test Strips, 90.00.
By comparison, Disetronic charges about 80.00 for the cartridges, 162.00 for
the infusion sets, and 7.00 for the adaptors. I haven't purchased test
strips for some time, but I think Wal-Mart used to sell them @ >30.00/50.
So these guys are marking these things up by 50% over retail. These
middlemen are inflating the cost of my medical care beyond what I consider
1) Who else feels this way.
2) What's a pumper to do?
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