CLEVELAND – Imagine needing medical treatment to stay alive, but you can’t sustain it because of the costs. Millions do not have to imagine. They go through this everyday because they need insulin, of all things.
” I can not live without. So you’re going to pay what you have to pay, ”said David Moss, a 50-year-old diabetic living in Broadview Heights. “If I weren’t insured as I am now, I would definitely go and get my insulin in another country.”
His family did. “I have cousins who used to cross the border (into Canada) to buy insulin illegally,” Moss said.
THE COTS HAVE EVOLVED
This is all due to the fact that the costs of insulin passed on to patients have increased dramatically. Good Rx has just published a study showing from 2014-2019 there was a 47% increase on insulin. Insulin isn’t something new or experimental, so why increase it?
“In fact, knowing the price of insulin is not easy,” said Sherry Glied. She is the dean of New York University Graduate School of Public Service. She co-wrote a recent report for the Commonwealth Fund it shows that there are so many levels of insulin distribution in our country.
“Most of the cost increase is not because manufacturers are making so much money,” Glied said. “It’s because along this chain people are making money and making deals that put people with diabetes at a disadvantage.
CHILDREN DIE IN OHIO
This disadvantage has led to the deaths of children right here in Ohio.
“Frequently forgotten insulin doses [by Americans are] because of the exorbitant cost. That’s why my daughter died. We couldn’t afford it, ”said Antoinette Worsham of the Cincinnati area. She participated in a recent hearing of the Ohio Senate Health and Human Services Committee on diabetes awareness.
Mindi Patterson testified that her sister-in-law tried to increase her insulin supply. “[She] died of cardiac arrest caused by rationing her insulin, ”said Patterson.
LIMIT COSTS OF INSULIN IN OHIO?
“We cannot allow this to continue,” said Senator Nickie Antonio of Lakewood. She was there for the testimony and listened to the insulin issues. She told us she would introduce a bill later this year that caps patients’ insulin costs at $ 100 per month. “What this will mean is the difference between life and death for some people,” Antonio said.
The Diatribe Foundation reported So far, eight states are limiting insulin costs, and five more are considering it right now. “I don’t want another family to go through the things we’ve been through,” Patterson said during the hearing.
Moss knows that feeling. At one point, he had to change his insurance plan and was shocked at the price of $ 750 for just three veils of insulin.
“You really feel… like, ‘What is this! “Here we are in the United States, and I don’t know how I’m going to afford it,” Moss said.
He now uses a pump system for his diabetes and said the retail price of his supplies was over $ 5,000 for 2-3 months of treatment.
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