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If insulin pumps were free or completely covered by health insurance, would you use one?

      Yes, because I cannot afford one now  
  38%   334  
      No, because my child is too young  
  23%   206  
      No, because I am not interested  
  5%   48  
      I don't know  
  9%   84  
      I (or my child) already use a pump  
  22%   192  

If insulin pumps were free or completely covered by health insurance, would you use one?

Poll dates: January 30 - February 6, 2000
Total Votes: 864

For many people, insulin pump therapy offers better blood sugar control, a reduced risk of hypoglycemia, and a lifestyle more akin to not having diabetes. However, insulin pumps and supplies are expensive. Pumps in the United States cost several thousand dollars. Supplies are also expensive, compared with syringes for injections.

38% of our readers would use a pump instead of injection therapy if it were free or completely covered by health insurance. Given the documented benefits of pump therapy, especially in teens, it is time for insurance companies to offer better coverage for insulin pumps.

For more information, see Insulin Pump Therapy Better than MDI for Adolescents.

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:36:28
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