Diabetics cut back on care in recession

Apr 19, 2009 Read more: Asheville Citizen-Times 38
Diabetics are increasingly risking life and limb by cutting back on - or even going without - doctor visits, insulin, medicines and blood-sugar testing as they lose income and health insurance in the recession, an Associated Press analysis has found. Read more
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“www.coppertoken. com”

Since: Sep 07

State of Confusion

#1 Apr 19, 2009
What can you say except how heart breaking this is.

Since: Dec 06

United States

#2 Apr 20, 2009
Both my wife and I are diabetic. The prescriptions we take for this plus for other reasons bears a monthly cost that probably exceeds many people's mortgage payment. Between our Social Security benefits, Medicare and our savings we get by. But what happens to people that don't have savings to fall back on? What happens to people that don't qualify for Medicare? What happens when your savings are used up? There are many people in that boat and the only thing that's keeping them from getting their needed meds is politics. What do we do? Let them die? Let them suffer? The U.S. has always been a 'throw away' society but should we throw away our poor sick and elders? The government and the people have to come up with some answer without political motives getting in the way.

"There for the grace of God, go I"
3rd world country

Weaverville, NC

#3 Apr 20, 2009
I Bet if we were a 3rd world country the meds would be cheaper. Americans always seem to pay high prices for meds.
Gary

United States

#4 Apr 20, 2009
Hey! 3rd World Country, Stick around, surely we should be that before Obama gets out of office.
Local-not-Local

Asheville, NC

#5 Apr 20, 2009
3rd world country wrote:
I Bet if we were a 3rd world country the meds would be cheaper. Americans always seem to pay high prices for meds.
I bet if we were a 3rd world country, there would be very few diabetics. It's a lifestyle disease brought about by way too much of the wrong kinds of foods.

Since: Oct 08

Candler, NC

#6 Apr 20, 2009
I was diagnosed with diabetes about a month ago and I have read all the material that I could get my hands on. Diabetes can be genetic as well as the lack of a proper diet. I also have congestive heart failure and some studies believe that one can cause the other. It is a life threatening disease and requires a whole new lifestyle, including proper diet and exercise. Surprisingly to me, diet food and products without sugar cost MORE than other foods. One box of test strips alone can cost more than $115.00 per month. Fortunately, I have access to the VA health care and only have a small deductible. If not for that, I might be one of those doing without. Diet is important and my wife and I both went on a strict diet, and I have lost 17 pounds in three weeks. I will do what it takes to control this disease!
Nola Rhew

Lenoir, NC

#7 Apr 20, 2009
When I go into the donut hole I don't know what to do. My insulin alone will we over $200 a month. With 17 other medicines I guess I will have to do without.
Jerry L wrote:
Both my wife and I are diabetic. The prescriptions we take for this plus for other reasons bears a monthly cost that probably exceeds many people's mortgage payment. Between our Social Security benefits, Medicare and our savings we get by. But what happens to people that don't have savings to fall back on? What happens to people that don't qualify for Medicare? What happens when your savings are used up? There are many people in that boat and the only thing that's keeping them from getting their needed meds is politics. What do we do? Let them die? Let them suffer? The U.S. has always been a 'throw away' society but should we throw away our poor sick and elders? The government and the people have to come up with some answer without political motives getting in the way.
"There for the grace of God, go I"

Since: Dec 06

United States

#8 Apr 20, 2009
Nola Rhew wrote:
When I go into the donut hole I don't know what to do. My insulin alone will we over $200 a month. With 17 other medicines I guess I will have to do without.<quoted text>
Yours is a problem many Americans are facing and it's a shame. The richest country in the world cannot figure a solution to this problem and as long as Congress has their own great health insurance policy paid for by the taxpayers, they won't do anything to correct it. Like many private corporations we have to stop footing the bill for a great insurance policy for our overpaid politicians. Let them scramble for inexpensive coverage or any coverage at all and when they see what we have to do, maybe they'll enact some laws to help us.

Since: Dec 06

United States

#10 Apr 20, 2009
General Zod wrote:
I have family members who are diabetics so I do understand what they go through. But its not the tax payers responsibility to pay for their medications.
So if they can't afford their medications, just let 'em die? Do you know what diabetes, untreated leads to? Amputations, blindness, organ failure. Who do you think is going to treat these?
Most seniors work all their lives, save a few bucks only to spend it in their older years on medicines. What is your solution to solve this problem?

Since: May 07

Lincolnton, NC

#11 Apr 20, 2009
Who cares so long as the banks and insurance companies and car companies are taken care of.

Since: May 07

Lincolnton, NC

#12 Apr 20, 2009
General Zod wrote:
I have family members who are diabetics so I do understand what they go through. But its not the tax payers responsibility to pay for their medications.
It's not the taxpayers responsibility to bail out banks and insurance companies and other businesses, but we sure do.

I much rather my tax dollars go to help real people in need than rich fat cats on Wall Street.

Since: Dec 06

United States

#14 Apr 20, 2009
jerry will pay wrote:
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Don't know about his but YOU should pay. Thats right YOU. You should adopt one of these people and pay their medical bills. Don't volunteer other peoples money until you do you own. Oh by the way I don't feel so hot today. Headache, chills and my Doc called in a prescritption. Moneys tight you want to cover the bill for me? Why should I have to pay for my meds?
For 60 working years of my life, I did pay. Now it's your turn. I only wish I'd be here when you're a senior citizen or poorer than a homeless person and you throw yourself at the mercy of the taxpayers. And don't say you wont. Survival is a powerful thing. I only hope you learn to be a human being.
jkr

Cary, NC

#15 Apr 20, 2009
Local-not-Local wrote:
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I bet if we were a 3rd world country, there would be very few diabetics. It's a lifestyle disease brought about by way too much of the wrong kinds of foods.
You obviously do not know very much about the disease. It is not all about lifestyle. And it is not always caused "by way too much of the wrong kinds of foods". What about the babies that are born with the disease and have to live with it their entire life or what about the children that develop the disease within a few months of being born simply because for some unknown reason the pancreas stops producing insulin, when the only thing they have "eaten" in milk and maybe baby cereal. Your attitude is typical of those that are not informed and are not touched by the disease that so many have to deal with through no fault of their own. Do your research before you try to be the authority.

Since: Apr 09

United States

#16 Apr 20, 2009
Local-not-Local wrote:
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I bet if we were a 3rd world country, there would be very few diabetics. It's a lifestyle disease brought about by way too much of the wrong kinds of foods.
You are not totally right. It also has to do with genes. I know people that are healthy eaters and are not fat that are diabetics.

Since: Apr 09

United States

#17 Apr 20, 2009
General Zod wrote:
I have family members who are diabetics so I do understand what they go through. But its not the tax payers responsibility to pay for their medications.
Why not we are paying for illegals to have babies, why not help our people control something that can cause blindness, harm kidneys, and many other bad things.
Local-not-Local

Asheville, NC

#18 Apr 20, 2009
jkr wrote:
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You obviously do not know very much about the disease. It is not all about lifestyle. And it is not always caused "by way too much of the wrong kinds of foods". What about the babies that are born with the disease and have to live with it their entire life or what about the children that develop the disease within a few months of being born simply because for some unknown reason the pancreas stops producing insulin, when the only thing they have "eaten" in milk and maybe baby cereal. Your attitude is typical of those that are not informed and are not touched by the disease that so many have to deal with through no fault of their own. Do your research before you try to be the authority.
I am quite informed. 95% of diabetes patients were not born that way, they weren't genetically cursed, and they didn't spontaneously develop it. They, little by little, over a long period of time, ate too much of the wrong kinds of foods.

I'm not saying they are all fat and lazy, I'm saying they are the product of a lifetime of poor eating habits.

I'm not saying I hate them and they deserve to have their feet cut off, I'm saying they are the product of a lifetime of poor eating habits.

I'm not saying they don't deserve treatment, I'm just saying they are the product of a lifetime of poor eating habits.

I am also not saying that they didn't cause themselves to get the disease any less than most lung cancers are caused by smoking, either because they didn't know their lifestyle was unhealthy, or they didn't care.

Go take a walk and chill out.
AVL Rez

Asheville, NC

#19 Apr 20, 2009
jerry will pay wrote:
<quoted text>
Don't know about his but YOU should pay. Thats right YOU. You should adopt one of these people and pay their medical bills. Don't volunteer other peoples money until you do you own. Oh by the way I don't feel so hot today. Headache, chills and my Doc called in a prescritption. Moneys tight you want to cover the bill for me? Why should I have to pay for my meds?
So you "don't feel so hot today. Headache, chills and my Doc called in a prescritption(sic)." One day of not feeling well and you call a physician??? And s/he called in a prescription??? THAT behavior is one of the many, many problems with healthcare today. People feeling a bit poorly...physicians listening to the whining and getting them off their back with a medication. More often than not, the illness does not require medical consultation much less a prescription. We all need to learn about the use of medical care and drugs -- and know ourselves when it is or is not needed! Use it more judiciously and wisely.

Since: Dec 06

United States

#20 Apr 20, 2009
AVL Rez wrote:
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So you "don't feel so hot today. Headache, chills and my Doc called in a prescritption(sic)." One day of not feeling well and you call a physician??? And s/he called in a prescription??? THAT behavior is one of the many, many problems with healthcare today. People feeling a bit poorly...physicians listening to the whining and getting them off their back with a medication. More often than not, the illness does not require medical consultation much less a prescription. We all need to learn about the use of medical care and drugs -- and know ourselves when it is or is not needed! Use it more judiciously and wisely.
You missed the idiot's point. He doesn't think he owes paying any taxes that would help senior or less fortunate people get their prescription medicine. His theory is that if you can't pay for your own meds, no matter what the reason is, you should go off to the elephant hunting grounds and die. But, one day he'll get his. This young arrogant piece of ____ will either get sick himself or one of his loved ones and he won't be in the position of paying the expensive prices of prescription medicine and he'll be on this forum crying why the government doesn't pay for them.

Since: Apr 09

United States

#21 Apr 20, 2009
Jerry L wrote:
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You missed the idiot's point. He doesn't think he owes paying any taxes that would help senior or less fortunate people get their prescription medicine. His theory is that if you can't pay for your own meds, no matter what the reason is, you should go off to the elephant hunting grounds and die. But, one day he'll get his. This young arrogant piece of ____ will either get sick himself or one of his loved ones and he won't be in the position of paying the expensive prices of prescription medicine and he'll be on this forum crying why the government doesn't pay for them.
Well put.
george burnett

AOL

#22 Apr 21, 2009
Diabetes is epidemic in this country because Americans are obese.Fat,Fat,and mo' FAT.I rarely see a skinny diabetic.Spend some of your excess food budget on your diabetic supplies.

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