Taking care of diabetes can challenge anyone’s budget. Between prescription medicines, supplies, and doctor’s visits, keeping costs down is not easy. Unfortunately, the average person with diabetes runs up almost $8,000 a year in medical expenses directly related to the disease, according to a 2012 report by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Here are some ways to help lower diabetes costs:
• Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs) – PAPs are offered by pharmaceutical companies and can provide free or discontinued medicines to people who can’t afford them. If you don’t have health insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid, the PAPs programs can provide some assistance with your out of pocket costs. Check out these websites for additional support Needy Meds and PPARX.
• Online Pharmacies – Online pharmacies may offer lower priced supplies and generic diabetes medications than local pharmacies. However, be aware that there are many illegal online pharmacies looking for new customers. Check out or legit script to verify the online pharmacy you choose is safe and reputable.
• National Charitable Programs – National Charitable Programs offer savings programs to those with no prescription coverage or who don’t qualify for government help through Medicaid and Medicare. Check out RxHope at RXHope as an additional online resource that helps people obtain their medications for free or for a small copay. Also, The Charles Ray III Diabetes Association CR3Diabetes helps offset the costs of meters, strips, pump supplies and other medical equipment for those who cannot afford them or need financial help.
Having diabetes can become very costly if you do not have health insurance. Hopefully, you can use some of these suggestions to help lower your future diabetes costs. Good luck!