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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  
  8%     13  
      Very high burden - we struggle to make ends meet because of diabetes  
  11%     19  
      High burden - we do without many things because of diabetes  
  11%     19  
      Modest burden - we do without some things because of diabetes  
  22%     38  
      Minor burden - we chose less expensive things because of diabetes  
  20%     34  
      No burden at all  
  27%     46  

Total votes: 169

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

Poll dates: July 13 - 20, 2011
Total Votes: 169

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.

30% of our readers report that paying for diabetes supplies places a high, very high, or extremely high burden on their family finances -- up from 25% last year. A little less -- 18% -- report experiencing a modest burden. That means that, for 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 2007 [Diabetes Care 31:596-615, 2008] (full text also available in PDF format) and Estimating the cost of type 1 diabetes in the u.s.: a propensity score matching method (free full text available in HTML and PDF formats - PDF link in HTML full text).

Answer    Jul 2011 Jul 2010 Jul 2009 Jul 2008 Jul 2007 Jul 2006 Oct 2004 Sep 2003
Extremely high burden    8% 6% 4% 7% 4% 5% 7% 5%
Very high burden    11% 13% 10% 10% 5% 12% 10% 9%
High burden    11% 14% 11% 9% 12% 11% 11% 9%
Modest burden    22% 18% 20% 22% 21% 24% 20% 23%
Minor burden    20% 22% 26% 21% 17% 18% 18% 17%
No burden    27% 26% 26% 28% 31% 29% 32% 33%

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