Rising cost of insulin concerns health professionals
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — As the amount of people with diabetes increases, so does the cost to treat it.
According to the CDC, more than 30-million Americans have diabetes.
But for many of them, access to life-saving treatments is more than they can afford.
The price of insulin has skyrocketed, and so has other treatments that help manage type 1 and 2 diabetes.
One health professional has seen first hand how this has impacted her patients.
“I have many patients that aren’t taking the full dose to keep their blood sugars under control because they are worried about running out, and the cost of it. So some of them have ended up in the ER with high blood sugars,” said Mayo Clinic nurse practitioner, Sarah Gossett.
Gossett also says some patients have traveled out of the country for insulin.
Some health providers have assistance programs available to help patients get insulin at a reduced cost.
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