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From Louisiana, USA:

Our son is 4 years old and recently diagnosed with insulin-dependent diabetes. Diagnosis was 17 months ago. We have received military orders to be stationed with the US Military in Germany. We are concerned about the quality of care we will receive should we have to use a pediatric endocrinologist in the German health care system. Is this a legitimate concern and what should we be aware of and expect?

Answer:

As with any Health Care System (including the U.S.Military), the care provided for children with diabetes is much better in a center where there is a nutritionist, a social worker and a nurse educator as well as a physician.

What will be important is to learn all you can about management before you leave the US and I would also suggest getting a copy of Understanding Insulin Dependent Diabetes by Peter Chase. You can download this from the Barbara Davis Center website at no cost.

I would also think that the American Diabetes Association and the British Diabetes Association have English-speaking offices in Germany that could advise you. The numbers for the British group are Tel 0171 323 1531 and Fax 0171 637 3644.

DO'B

Additional Comment from Dr. Robertson:

The British Diabetic Association now has a web page at www.diabetes.org.uk that might also be of some assistance.

KJR

[Editor's comment: Also, see Global Diabetes Organizations for more phone numbers. WWQ]

Original posting 7 Jul 97

  
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