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Re: [IP] Insulin usage

Boy, can I relate!  Insurance companies treat everyone as if they were
trying to cheat them!  It's the same for everyone, just like taxation.  But,
we settle, as it is better than no help at all.

-----Original Message-----
From: email @ redacted
<email @ redacted>
To: insulin-pumpers-digest <email @ redacted>
Date: Wednesday, November 04, 1998 3:52 PM
Subject: [IP] Insulin usage

>Harriet wrote:
>>You probably will not believe this -- I didn't at first.  I received a
>>from my insurance company (they should all roast in hell) that according
>>some vague criteria I was using TOO MUCH INSULIN!!!. -- or more than the
>>average diabetic.  The result of this would be that I would receive less
>>insulin per prescription!
>Hmmmm....If I'm not mistaken, wouldn't 50% of all diabetics use more
>than the average diabetic?
>While I can't believe that professionally-licensed pharmacists can actually
>with rules like these, I generally respond in this way:
>1) I talk to a real pharmacist (not customer service, not a pharm tech) at
>mail-order pharmacy and LAUGH at them for having stupid rules like this
>them having any supporting info on my physical size, calorie intake,
>absorbtion characteristics, etc.  Complaining does no good.
>2) train my endo's staff to write the prescriptions EXACTLY as needed for
>getting past these stupid rules.  For example, "6x/day" isn't enough info
for my
>test strips.  I actually have to multiply 6 x 90 days and have the MD write
>Rx for 540 strips.  If the Rx says 6/day they send a box of 50.  Same with
>Very frustrating sometimes, but I just try to keep in mind that I really am
>thankful I have coverage.
>Insulin-Pumpers website http://www.insulin-pumpers.org/

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