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Re: [IP] cost of a pump...

> Hi!  My name is Michaele.  I have been "lurking" on this list for
> several months now.  My daughter, Brooke, was diagnosed with type I
> diabetes last May when she was 21 months old.  I started trying to
> get her on a pump about 3 months later.  At the time, her pedi endo
> was against it because he doesn't think toddlers should be on pumps.
>  However, we have not been able to get control of her sugars AT ALL
> in the last 9 months.  As a matter of fact, her sugars keep getting
> worse instead of better...and her A1c keeps going up as well.  So,
> on her last visit he SUGGESTED that we try the pump.  I nearly
> fainted!!!  We have already gotten insurance approval (I got it for
> sure on last Friday) and now all I need to do is contact Minimed to
> make payment arrangements and get the pump shipped.  That brings me
> to my problem...  My insurance has a limit of $2,500 for DME and
> won't pay a dime more than that. 
>  I have been told that the MiniMed company will come down some on
> the price of the pump if necessary.  I was just wondering if anyone
> has had any experience in trying to get them down off of their
> price.  What is the best way to approach this?  How much will they
> "come down" on the price to make that sale?  I don't have the money
> to make up the difference in the cost of the pump but I really want
> to get the pump ASAP.  Can anyone out there offer me any advise???

Be polite, ask your sales rep directly and make sure he knows you are 
talking to the other two pump companies. You will find their phone 
numbers on the main page of the web site. Bidding wars do wonderful 
things for prices.

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