A September 2018 survey showed that 1 in 4 diabetics ration their insulin because they have trouble affording it. This is an alarming statistic for the more than 30 million people living with diabetes in the U.S. today. The sobering truth is the U.S. healthcare system is failing these Americans and when affordability stands in the way of people accessing the basic life-saving tools they need to treat what is a very manageable condition, we all lose.
A recent NPR report uncovered some of the hard truths about medical expenses for the average person living with diabetes in America. Here’s an excerpt from that report detailing an interview with a person struggling to afford her supplies:
Yet, those developments have not been enough to save patients like Katelyn Hill from price hikes. Hill has type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disorder, so, between sips of a latte on a recent afternoon, she typed 12 grams of carbohydrates into a device that controls an insulin pump on her arm. Then she did some back-of-the-napkin math on her recurring expenses: insulin, test strips, pumps.
"That's a total of $750 a month," she said.
And that’s why we’re here. At StripSupply, it’s our vision to cut the red tape and the complexity that often comes with diabetes management. What does that mean? It means you’ll get high quality test strips at a fraction of the price you pay in pharmacies. It means no insurance or prescription required, no waiting on hold or confusion about coverage. And it means always free, monthly shipments of your test strips with the option to pause whenever you’d like. And of course, It means great customer service and predictability in working with us.
With this blog, from time-to-time, we’ll be posting more about our company, diabetes news and breakthroughs, healthcare industry insights and much more.
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Thanks so much!
Jay Hastings, CEO & Co-Founder