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Old 06-06-2013, 21:54   #1
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Hi there,

I am considering switching to a pump after 12 long years of syringe injections.

My biggest concern is the out-of-pocket cost, given that I would have access to ADP here in Ontario. Has anyone exceeded the $2,400 grant per year? By how much? Do you have to submit to a private insurance plan before you can take advantage of ADP?

I have done tons of internet research, and haven't been able to find an estimate as to what the monthly cost is for insulin pump therapy. I understand that insulin costs can vary greatly from person to person, but even a ballpark estimate would be wonderful just to give me an idea of what "could be."

I appreciate any responses! Thank you!

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Hi there, I am also in Ontario, and quite honestly got one heck of a shock today when I had to order supplies.

I have the Ping, and just looked at prices. I have been approved for the ADP program, and starting the first week of July, should be getting $600 every 4 months. Problem is though supplies for 4 months (infusion sets and catridges only) will cost 1034.84
All before taxes and shipping.
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Hi there, I am also in Ontario, and quite honestly got one heck of a shock today when I had to order supplies.

I have the Ping, and just looked at prices. I have been approved for the ADP program, and starting the first week of July, should be getting $600 every 4 months. Problem is though supplies for 4 months (infusion sets and catridges only) will cost 1034.84
All before taxes and shipping.
UGH!
I got the pharmacist at my family health team to call around for me.

The Omnipod is now available in Canada, and ADP covers it. It is factored into the cost of supplies since there is no one-time cost for a pump. ADP will cover $200 of the $300 spent per month on the Pods. No infusion sets, just Pods. I couldn't believe that the newest technology was the cheapest option. $100 out of pocket plus the cost of insulin and strips is actually manageable since my benefits cover the bulk of the balance.

I'm definitely going the Pod route. My pharmacist was just as shocked as I was.

Have you just started the pump? How are you finding it?

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I got the pharmacist at my family health team to call around for me.

The Omnipod is now available in Canada, and ADP covers it. It is factored into the cost of supplies since there is no one-time cost for a pump. ADP will cover $200 of the $300 spent per month on the Pods. No infusion sets, just Pods. I couldn't believe that the newest technology was the cheapest option. $100 out of pocket plus the cost of insulin and strips is actually manageable since my benefits cover the bulk of the balance.

I'm definitely going the Pod route. My pharmacist was just as shocked as I was.

Have you just started the pump? How are you finding it?
I have the Omnipod and love it!

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I have the Omnipod and love it!

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I might have to ask you a thousand questions now, lol!

Where do you wear it? Does the adhesive hold up well? Did you switch from another pump to the Pod, or was the Pod your first pump?

I'm just curious as to the difference you notice wrt control on the Pod as opposed to pens/needles.

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I might have to ask you a thousand questions now, lol!

Where do you wear it? Does the adhesive hold up well? Did you switch from another pump to the Pod, or was the Pod your first pump?

I'm just curious as to the difference you notice wrt control on the Pod as opposed to pens/needles.
I wear mine on my arm. It can be worn on the abdomen, upper thighs, upper arm, and upper buttocks. The adhesive has never come undone for me. It gets changed out every 3 days. You just discard the old one. Open a new one. Follow the directions for filling a new one with insulin and activating it and go. This is my first pump. My control is pretty much the same with the pump. Just easier. I was injecting insulin 8 times a day. This is a quick prick every 3 days. The PDM that operates it doubles as your meter. It has all your ratios and rates set in it, so no math equations every time you need to bolus or correct.

Any other questions ask away. You can go to their website and request one get sent to you and try wearing it to get a feel for it. Not actually using insulin in it of course. I think its myomnipod.com

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Yeah, my biggest issue is around 8 injections a day as well. I have bruises all over from the injections - even with the smallest size needle. That was my original reason for researching pumps.

The Pod just seems like a no-brainer to me (as someone who is starting new).

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Hi there, I was hugely mistaken with my information and calculations.

The grant is $600 every 3 months. I just received mine and ordered 3 months of supplies, and only went $90 over the $600.

I have the ping and the company gives me a 10% discount.

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I find that the $2400 covers pretty closely except mot for the real time BG monitoring stuff. Those supplies are expensive. The sensors are like $50 each. The regular infusion sets tubing and such come pretty close to what is covered though.

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