Screen Readers Skip to Content

Diabetics Struggle to Pay for Diabetes Medical Supplies

Synopsis: People living with diabetes are feeling the brunt of the rising prices of medical supplies and doctor visit co-pays.1

Author: dLife

Published: 2010-11-23 Updated: 2011-10-29

Main Digest

Over 50 Percent of People With Diabetes Struggle to Pay for Supplies.

The American economy is struggling and people living with diabetes are feeling the brunt of the rising prices of medical supplies and doctor visit co-pays. In a recent poll by, more than 400 people living with diabetes revealed they struggle when it comes to paying for diabetic supplies.

Forty-nine percent said they had been able to make ends meet between health insurance and personal income, but said that the stress, especially during certain months of the year, was overwhelming.

Over 30 percent reported having to cut back on prescription drugs, supplies, and medical care to survive, and 16 percent claimed they took assistance from community or government programs that subsidize medical care and supplies.

Diabetes can be an expensive disease to manage, especially if you have inadequate health insurance. And even though it's tempting to skimp on buying test strips, testing less frequently is not a good way to economize.

Here's how to make your healthcare dollars stretch a little further:

For more information and tips on stretching your diabetes dollars go to To set up an interview with one of our diabetes educators or experts, contact Mary Anglade at or (203) 221-3443.

dLife is the number-one diabetes community network with over 1.2 million registered members. By providing information, inspiration, and connection to people with diabetes and those who care for them, dLife uniquely engages this growing population in positive and proactive self-care. Its award-winning media outlets include:, the leading online destination for diabetes consumers and caregivers, attracting over one million unique visitors each month and featuring the widest and deepest variety of diabetes content resources anywhere; dLifeTV, the only lifestyle TV series for people with diabetes, airing every Sunday on CNBC (7 PM ET / 4 PM PT); and other consumer and professional programs designed to promote active diabetes self-management for better health outcomes.

Related Diabetes Documents

Full List of Diabetes Publications

Recent Disability News and Updates

Full List of Disabled World News Updates

Disclaimer: Disabled World is strictly a news and information website provided for general informational purpose only and does not constitute medical advice. Materials presented are in no way meant to be a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified practitioner, nor should they be construed as such. Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.

Disclosure: Disabled World is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Any 3rd party offering or advertising on does not constitute endorsement by Disabled World. View our Advertising Policy for further information.

Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: dLife. Electronic Publication Date: 2010-11-23 - Revised: 2011-10-29. Title: Diabetics Struggle to Pay for Diabetes Medical Supplies, Source: <a href=>Diabetics Struggle to Pay for Diabetes Medical Supplies</a>. Retrieved 2021-03-02, from - Reference: DW#219-6262.