Last week, we used up all of our money set aside for our flexible spending account. This feature of our insurance is so wonderful because we are able to take care of our (mostly my) medical expenses tax-free and without worrying about putting it in our budget. But the start-up costs associated with Constance and some changes in copays have made us pay more this year for certain things. No biggie, it just means we have to pay the rest for this year and tally up how much we spend on medical expenses. So, here's what I spend on ALL my medical expenses for the whole year (talk about transparency):
Insulin--$20 for 2 vials every 2 months = $120
Test strips--$20 for 200 strips per month = $240
Pump supplies--$53.15 for 3 months of supplies = $212.60
Dexcom sensors--$26 for 3 months = $104
Glucagon Rx--$20 for one year (if I never use it *knock on wood*)
Endo copay--$25 every 4 months = $75
Yearly physical copay--$15
Dentist copay--$20 for twice a year = $40
Heartburn medicine (my only non-D Rx)--$5 for one month supply = $60
TOTAL = $886.60 per year
Add in the amount of money I spend on glucose tabs, juice, and other low supplies, my total medical expenses could easily be rounded to $1000/year, conservatively. Also consider the other appointments involved with diabetes that I haven't been to this year--podiatrist, optometrist, and CDE. Using the same amount of payment, granted on this insurance plan, would equal to $4000 total I've spent on diabetes by my 4th diaversary this year. Over the course of a lifetime, I could easily buy my dream car with the amount of money I spend on diabetes. Hopefully this investment in my health will mean a long, happy life with my family and friends here on Earth. But dang, that's a lot of money!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, nurse, certified diabetes educator (CDE) or any medical professional of any kind. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express!) Therefore, please do not use any of my postings as medical fact. I am simply a blogger expressing my highs and lows (pun intended) with diabetes. For changes in your medication, exercise regiment, or diet please consult a qualified physician.