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Re: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions



I agree and the same with the CGM.

Richard

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 > On May 27, 2014, at 11:28 AM, "John S Wilkinson"
<jwilkins+email @ redacted> wrote:
> 
> This is the schedule I used from 2005 till 2014. Kept my A1c between 5.2 to
> 6.1. Since Jan 1 2014 my insurance will only allow me 4 strips a day. Last
> Endo Visit my A1c was 7.1.
> So Insurance says that 7.1 is ok for a 71year old male. I think they are
> practicing medicine without a license.
> 
> 
> 
> John S Wilkinson
> Rome, NY
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email @ redacted
> [mailto:email @ redacted] On Behalf Of
> kristinablake+email @ redacted
> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:30 PM
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: Re: [IP] Test Strip Restrictions
> 
> The way I see it (and this reply may have already been sent - in the middle
> of my diatribe, my computer switched to a list of the best bars in
> Portland).
> Anyway, the way I see it insurance companies must then be more interested in
> paying for EMS transport, Emergency Dept fees, costs associated with
> complications. I am fortunate, my health plan covers what my physician Rx's.
> I have an Rx for 10-15 tests a day:
> 1) Upon Waking
> 2) Before breakfast
> 3) fter Breakfast
> 4) Before Lunch
> 5) After Lunch
> 6) Before gym/hiking etc
> 7) After said physical activity
> 8) Before dinner
> 9) After dinner
> 10 Bedtime.
> Then there are those times during activity, every time I get behind the
> steering wheel of a vehicle,B  or my CGM tells me things are changing (I pay
> out of pocket for the CGM - well worth it).
> In Oregon there was a discussion by the health policy board about limiting
> strips for people with type 2 to 2 strips a week. That's ridiculous - how
> can they determine the before and after effects of something they ate, or
> activity.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> 
> From: "Steven Schoch"
> <schoch6+insulin-pumpers.org+email @ redacted>
> To: "IP" <email @ redacted>
> Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:09:58 AM
> 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 control.
> 
> The bottom line is that it's impossible to tell exactly how many strips a
> patient needs, or what they are actually using.
> 
> --
> Steve
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