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Re: [IPk] Funding

In message <email @ redacted>,
Kentish, Julette <email @ redacted> writes
>Hey Pat - With the BG Sticks your 2 the Gp funds, I would be inclined to
>get your Diabetes Nurse or Consultant to say on this therapy you should
>do more than 2 measures (we would recommend 4) to check the pump is
>functioning, flow of insulin etc.. On two measures only - it is a very
>risky way to find out. I am sure this is opening another can of worms
>where the Gp may come back and say - the Diabetes team then have to pay
>for the other 2 tests.. Just a thought! Jules :)

I am no longer with that GP, and quite frankly, it shows such an
appalling ignorance of modern diabetes management, that I wouldn't
accept such a GP as my advisor on anything (if he's that bad on
diabetes, do I want to trust him with a sprained ankle, let alone
anything else potentially life-threatening???)

I measure my bgs between 4 and 8 times a day, depending on work
pressure, how I'm feeling, etc. etc.

The current GP allows 146 per month, but I've never had a problem in
renewing the prescription early, when needed.

Best wishes,

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Pat Reynolds [mailto:email @ redacted]
>Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2000 10:50 PM
>To: email @ redacted
>Subject: Re: [IPk] Funding
>In message <email @ redacted>, Diana Maynard
><email @ redacted> writes
>> Pat - I really don't think your GP is going to strike you off his list
>>suddenly just because you now have a pump!!! What reason would he have
>>doing that? Unless he seriously thinks that having a pump is going to
>>endanger your health and cost his practice loads of money to look after
>>(in which case you're definitely better off swtiching GPs anyway!).
>My understanding is that going on the pump _might_ cost the GP money (if
>the health authority authorise the expenditure, it will come from his
>I have heard of other people with conditions which cost big bucks to
>treat being, mysteriously, struck off.  
>I guess I'm just cynical, expecting the worst, and occasionally
>pleasantly surprised!
>My previous GP did, after all, refuse to pay for more than 2 bg
>measurements per day, my current specialist said I needed a pump in
>January, made an appointment to get it in July, cancelled, and if I get
>it before the end of the millennium I hearby promise to give 100 to
>insulin pumpers!

Pat Reynolds
email @ redacted
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