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Re: [IPk] The cost of my diabetes



The test strips for my Accu-Chek active are ... #24 to the public from my chemist.
The trade price is about #15 (i'm good at reading upside down ;)

I'm not sure what the government pays when they're on prescription.

Regards, Liam

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On 18/08/2002 at 13:42 John Neale wrote:

>>Very interesting John. However, your cost of test strips may not be
>correct.
>>Where did you get this figure? I thought that most types of strips cost in
>>the neighbourhood of 24 pounds/box of 50. This would bring the cost of
>these
>>nearer to that of the infusion sets. Let me know if you have an accurate
>>costing of Bg strips.
>
>I don't have any accurate figures, Ken. 10 pounds per 50 is probably what I
>paid for them at university in 1984! I'll happily use your 24 pounds
>figure. Here it is again (alphabetically):
>
>Actrapid. 20 pounds. 1 bottle per year. 20 pounds per year.
>Batteries for pump. 1 pound each. 3 every 6 weeks. 26 pounds per year.
>Batteries for BG meter. 2 pounds each. 6 every year. 12 pounds per year.
>BG meter. 30 pounds. 0.5 per year. 15 pounds per year.
>BG tests. 24 pounds per 50. 2000 per year. 960 pounds per year.
>Finger pricker. 10 pounds. 1 per year. 10 pounds per year.
>Glucose tablets. 1 pound per packet. 2 packets a week. 104 pounds per year.
>Hospital consultation. 100 pounds. 2 per year. 200 pounds per year.
>Humalog. 20 pounds per 10ml bottle. 40 units per day. 290 pounds per year.
>Infusion sets - Tenders + tubing. 5 pounds each. 1 every 2 days. 912 pounds
>per year.
>Insulatard. 20 pounds. 1 bottle per year. 20 pounds per year.
>Ketostix. 10 pounds. 1 tub per year. 10 pounds per year.
>Lancets. 10 pounds per box. 1 box per year. 10 pounds per year.
>Misc. tests (urine, HbA1c etc). 50 pounds. 50 pounds per year.
>Pump. 2000 pounds. 7 year life (est.). 285 pounds per year.
>Reservoirs. 2.50 pounds. 1 every 7 days. 130 pounds per year.
>Syringes. 10 pounds per box. 1 box per year. 10 pounds per year.
>
>Total: 3064 pounds per year.
>
>Self-funders: You pay 1479 pounds. Somebody else pays 1585 pounds.
>With pump funding: You pay for batteries and glucose tablets 142 pounds.
>Somebody else pays 2922 pounds.
>
>Not quantified:
>Adopting a special diet.
>Books.
>Internet access.
>Loss of quality of life.
>Travel expenses to the clinic.
>
>Omitted since I don't use them:
>Cleaning compounds.
>Complications.
>Disabled Living Allowance (that's a profit not a cost I suppose).
>Emergency hospital visits (hypo, DKA etc).
>Skin barrier cream.
>Swabs.
>
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