While insulin comprises a big part of diabetes expenses for children and adults, diabetes-related supplies can cost even more. Adults and children with type 1 diabetes will spend an average of $2,500 a year out-of-pocket for health care – but insulin isn’t always the biggest expense – new research suggests. While out-of-pocket costs for insulin was substantial, it accounted for just 18% of total out-of-pocket expenses for health care, according to the findings in JAMA Internal Medicine. In fact, insulin accounted for less out-of-pocket spending than diabetes-related supplies, such as insulin pumps, syringes and continuous glucose monitors.

 

 

Melissa Wiese from Fresno, CA, United States of America [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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