Recently various petitions have been circulating the Diabetes Online Community, so today let’s pretend to write our own. Tell us who you would write the petition to – a person, an organization, even an object (animate or inanimate) – get creative!! What are you trying to change and what have you experienced that makes you want this change?
Diabetes is freaking expensive. Those of us living with it, know that. Even if you have insurance, it can still be costly. Insulin, test strips, needles, insulin pump supplies, ketone testing products, Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) Receptor Agonists or Biguanides, adhesive products, lancets, glucose goods, CGM sensors, office visit co pays, the list seems to go on and on. I have been *extremely* fortunate to have good health insurance both under my parents and since I’ve been working on my own. I know some people with diabetes who do not have health insurance at all. And I cannot even imagine the financial burden that can cause.
For about 16% or more of the population in the US that are uninsured and those who have insurance but still carry a hefty bill every month, I would love to start a petition that would establish a statute that provides affordable diabetes supplies to everyone without any restrictions. I know this would be a tremendously daunting and complex effort. I know there needs to be money in order to make this happen. I know some of this could be addressed with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which began in 2010. But I wish something like this could seriously be implemented. None of us asked for this disease. None of us could have avoided having diabetes. None of us planned for a certain (large) percentage of our earnings to be spent on diabetes. None of us want to be stuck in a job strictly for the benefits. None of us want to be told how many times per day we can test our blood sugar. To live a healthy life with diabetes, there are many tools needed and those tools cost money. And I wish for so many people that wasn’t such a hardship to them.