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Re: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions

Veronica, we could do that vent together in lovely harmonic unison

----- Original Message -----

From: "Veronica Elsea"
<veronica+email @ redacted>
To: email @ redacted
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 2:41:18 PM
Subject: RE: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions

B Okay, vent alert! I am really really sick of this. I just can't think of any
better way of spending my time than buying test strips so I can become a
criminal and sell them on the black market! It just makes me furious! Now
look at the ideal reality of diabetes care. Good diabetes care! If I'm sick
my BG levels are impacted, I should test more. If I'm not liking my numbers, I
should really test before and after meals in order to learn what could be
on. Anytime I don't think I feel right, I should test to see what's really
on at that moment. If I'm adjusting basal rates, I should test a whole lot in
order to see how well my current pattern is working. And oh, let's see, we're
not supposed to rely on the CGM in order to determin an insulin dosage; we're
supposed to test. And on top of that, some of us have trouble getting enough
blood and may not get enough, using more than one test strip per test. And if
don't do any of the above mentioned things?
B Oh yeah! That makes sense. Let the bean counters have at all of us criminals
and limit the number of test strips we can have. In my really cynical moments
start to wonder if they haven't figured out that our lives are shorter if we
don't test and then we're out of the way. But of course, the truth is, they're
not thinking about us at all. It's just dollars and nonsense! Pure
nonsense. And if you insurance companies really think I'm a natural criminal
account of having diabetes, then go ahead! Put me in jail! At least I'll have
health care guaranteed there. Ha!
Okay, vent over. Thanks for letting me do this. <grin>

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-----Original Message-----
B From: email @ redacted
[mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf Of Steven Schoch
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:10 AM
To: IP
Subject: Re: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions

I can see the problem from the view of the health care companies. If
they allow unlimited test strips with low co-pays, then some patients
will get more than they need, and sell their excess, which will
eventually end up on Amazon.com.

On the other hand, if the companies stopped providing strips and just
let the patients buy their own (after all, they don't require a
prescription), then some patients will limit the number they buy,
based on their budget. This could result in less testing, and less BG

The bottom line is that it's impossible to tell exactly how many
strips a patient needs, or what they are actually using.

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