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How much of a financial burden does paying for all of your diabetes supplies place on your family?


Extremely high burden - we can't afford some needed diabetes supplies






Very high burden - we struggle to make ends meet because of diabetes






High burden - we do without many things because of diabetes






Modest burden - we do without some things because of diabetes






Minor burden - we chose less expensive things because of diabetes






No burden at all






Total votes: 483


How much of a financial burden does paying for all of your diabetes supplies place on your family?

Poll dates: October 3 - 10, 2004
Total Votes: 483

Caring for type 1 diabetes is an expensive endeavor. Essential medical supplies, such as glucose test strips, lancets, syringes or pump supplies, and insulin cost many thousands of dollars per year and are non-optional. While many industrialized countries in the world provide national health care coverage that includes diabetes supplies, the United States does not. A family caring for someone with diabetes is therefore at the mercy of their company's health insurance plan to help pay for these supplies, and many families have no coverage at all.

Twenty-eight percent of our readers report that paying for diabetes supplies places a high, very high, or extremely high burden on their family finances, up from 23% last year. Twenty percent report experiencing a modest burden. That means that, for just about half of our readers, paying for diabetes supplies places a measurable burden on their family.

For more information, see Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2002 [Diabetes Care 26(3):917-932, 2003].

This table compares the results from this poll with the results the last time we ran it a year ago.

Answer    Oct 2004 Sep 2003
Extremely high burden    7% 5%
Very high burden    10% 9%
High burden    11% 9%
Modest burden    20% 23%
Minor burden    18% 17%
No burden    32% 33%

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Last Updated: Wednesday March 16, 2005 16:37:56
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