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Re: [IP] The Power of Choice



I had the same experience with my local rep from Animas.  In fact Animas was
the only co to call me after Isent for their info from their website.  I
never even got a call from MiniMed to see if I had gotten the info pack.
The only thing I'm a bit frustrated with is the time that its going to take
to get the Animas in my hands.  Its been about 2 months since I started the
process and I don't have it yet the last message I got was another 3 weeks.
I've heard from MiniMed users that they have the pumps in thier hands 3
weeks after getting approved.  But I wait patiently for my Animas.
----- Original Message -----
From: <email @ redacted>
To: <email @ redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2000 10:24 PM
Subject: [IP] The Power of Choice


> I wanted to say that I have been reading this board for several months.
> First to research my "choices" on which pump to purchase, and now to get
tips
> and tricks of the trade.  I have to say a few things.
>
> I am really glad that so many of you are researching all three of the
pumps
> before deciding which is best for you.  I did my research and decided that
> the Animas best fit my needs.  My local Animas rep has helped me through
this
> whole process and has enabled me to have a little bit of stability with my
> sugar levels. Animas has loaned me a demo pump to wear for a month because
my
> insurance company, UNITED HEALTHCARE has refused to cover this "new" pump.
I
> will be switching my insurance as soon as open season hits because of this
> factor.  What kind of insurance company denies a patient something that
can
> prevent the complications of this horrible disease?  Animas has gone
through
> the same trials that the other companies have and has obtained FDA
approval.
> Animas has offered a very competitive price (even less than the others) to
> get this through the insurance company.  After much research on this
> situation, I have come to a conclusion I find VERY UNPROFESSIONAL.
>
> When I was deciding on which pump I needed I contacted all three pump
> companies.  Both Animas and Disetronic were telling me my options and
letting
> me decide.  Minimed has been nothing but hard pressure sales and lies
about
> their competitors.  When they found out I was looking into getting the
Animas
> pump they did something to actually delay my process.  A MINIMED pump was
> almost shipped to me and billed to my insurance without my approval.  I
have
> heard several others mention this as well.  I feel that I was taken
advantage
> of by MINIMED so they would not lose a sale.  I wish they would have
accepted
> that fact that I did my research and I had made my choice based on which
pump
> is best for me. Had it not been for Animas' generosity and kindness, I
still
> would not have a pump because of their tactics. We are the ones that have
to
> wear these pumps, shouldn't we, along with our diabetes team, be the one
to
> make the choice?  I cannot say which pump is right for anyone but myself,
but
> I at least like to know that I am offered a choice and with my case,
MINIMED
> tried to take that away from me.  I am glad the rest of you have had
better
> luck.  AGAIN, THIS IS MY OWN OPINION AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE LOOKING AT
> GETTING A PUMP TO LOOK AT ALL OF THEIR OPTIONS AND MAKE THE CHOICE THAT IS
> RIGHT FOR THEM.
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