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Re: [IP] First time Pump Questions



Hi Barb:
My experience was that Minimed and my Doctor took care of getting insurance
coverage before I got pump.  Once insurance OK's it, it took about 3 weeks
for all paperwork to go through and pump to arrive at my doctors office.  I
went down (to Birmingham AL from Huntsville) to put on pump, get educated
and then back every two days for a week. Then once a week for two weeks,
then every 3 months.  A few calls for questions in that time and that was
it.  I got the pump, swimguard, a month's  supplies of infusions,
reservoirs, test strips, and insulin all paid for by insurance (I had
already met my deductible and crossed the $1000 a year out of pocket
threshold.  I am fortunate to have Blue Cross.   After that I order
supplies from Home Med Supply (not a lot of pump supply places out there)
about ever 90 days, they handle all the paperwork and just send me a bill
on which they let me make monthly payments.   I will probably sent them a
chunk of my paycheck for the rest of my life.....but they handle batteries,
and everything.  The cost is just a small amount more than getting
batteries and stuff at Wal-Mart or radio shack.  And definitely more
reliable (fresher).  
Good luck!!
Bonnie 
Huntsville, AL


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From: Barb Schiller <email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted
Subject: [IP] First time Pump Questions
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 1998 8:15 PM


What procedure do you go through when you first get your pump? =20
How do they regulate you?
How long does it take to get (probably MiniMed 507c) once the Dr has
prescribed the pump? (My insurance company will pay for it if Dr
prescribes it and says that it is medically necessary) What supplies
come with the kit and what do you need to purchase separately? Does
the insurance pay for all supplies?

Thanks to all that have responded to my "Considering Pump" inquiry - I
am Ready to do it.

Barb
email @ redacted


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