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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: 496


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

Poll dates: July 23 - 30, 2006
Total Votes: 496

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.

25% of our readers report that paying for diabetes supplies places a high, very high, or extremely high burden on their family finances, down a bit from 25% from 2004. A bit more -- 24% -- 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. Also, the number reporting that the cost of diabetes care is no burden has declined by 3%.

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

Answer    Jul 2006 Oct 2004 Sep 2003
Extremely high burden    5% 7% 5%
Very high burden    9% 10% 9%
High burden    11% 11% 9%
Modest burden    24% 20% 23%
Minor burden    18% 18% 17%
No burden    29% 32% 33%

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