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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

 
 

4%

 

  17

 
     

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

 
 

12%

 

  54

 
     

High burden - we do without many things because of diabetes

 
 

12%

 

  51

 
     

Modest burden - we do without some things because of diabetes

 
 

21%

 

  92

 
     

Minor burden - we chose less expensive things because of diabetes

 
 

17%

 

  76

 
     

No burden at all

 
 

31%

 

  135

 


Total votes: 425

 

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

Poll dates: July 8 - 15, 2007
Total Votes: 425

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.

28% of our readers report that paying for diabetes supplies places a high, very high, or extremely high burden on their family finances. A little lesse -- 21% -- report experiencing a modest burden. That means that, for over 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].

Answer    Jul 2007 Jul 2006 Oct 2004 Sep 2003
Extremely high burden    4% 5% 7% 5%
Very high burden    5% 12% 10% 9%
High burden    12% 11% 11% 9%
Modest burden    21% 24% 20% 23%
Minor burden    17% 18% 18% 17%
No burden    31% 29% 32% 33%

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