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Re: [IP] Disetronic vs. Minimed - Users input needed please!!
- Subject: Re: [IP] Disetronic vs. Minimed - Users input needed please!!
- From: "Frank W. Tegethoff, jr." <email @ redacted>
- Date: Mon, 12 Oct 98 15:16:32 PDT
Yes double check with the insurance co regarding set. However be prepare=
d for the original decision to be true. Here's a little story.
I wanted to go onto the pump. At open enrollment I asked all of the reps =
the same question, and I got the same answer 'yes pumps are covered under=
this plan'. I then began asking specific questions. The results were =
quite surprising. Co #1 covered pumps, but not for diabetics. Co #2 cov=
ered pumps, but only if I was pregnant (btw I'm a 39 yo male). Co #3 was=
the only one that covered the pump and all of the needed support.
I really do not want to get into which pump is 'best'. What its going =
to boil down to is, which one do you feel must comfortable with. Handlin=
g, wearing, the look, etc. I have never heard of any medical studies =
that have 'proven' that either one of the pumps provides a superior level=
of delivery of control.
Good luck and take care.
> I've just confirmed that my insurance will pay 100% for the price of =
> pump itself...YES!
> However, they also told me that they will pay ZERO for the infusion
> sets. I was really pissed at this, but after putting in a call into
> Minimed Sales, they told that that is most likely a mistake. Anyone
> else have this problem?
> In any event, with the biggest hurdle down, the big question is WHICH
> I've spent COUNTLESS hours searching over Dejanews reading the relavent
> comparison posts, watching both videos, reading company material, etc.
> YET i still cannot decide. It seems like the Htron Plus looks to be =
> better technology ( + 2 pumps), however the minimed seems to be the mos=
> discrete and has the accompanying accesories to make life easier like
> the computer connection, waist thing, and more discrete cases.
> I know MOST people have decided on the minimed, those that did why? sam=
> for those on the disetronic as well please.
> Ive made a small table comparing them both, i would appreciate any
> comments from users as to the validity of the positives & negatives on
> my list. Thanks for any input!
> Disetronic Pros
> * 2 Pumps! - great for travelling
> * Sounds like it is more durable
> * Waterproof =96 without additional case
> * Delivers insulin every 3 minutes
> * auto priming =96 not sure how this works
> * display tells you how much insulin is left
> * No PVC=92s in infusion sets
> Disetronic Cons
> * Looks like out of Star Trek
> * Seems TOO easy to accidentally bolus by hitting the h or m button=
> w/o a confirmation
> * Must set programming to accept EITHER .5 or .1 units
> * Batteries need to be reordered by mail
> MiniMed Pros
> * Beeper like appearance
> * Square Wave Bolus (How useful really?)
> * Wealth of accessories (clips, cases, etc)
> * U.S. market lead
> * Standard batteries
> * backlight
> MiniMed Cons
> * Less durable?
> * Not waterproof w/o bulky case
> * Delivers insulin very slowly
> * Noisy clicking motor
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