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How can I save money on insulin?

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Diabetes care can get expensive. But you shouldn’t skip doses of insulin to save money. That can be dangerous. There are lots of ways you can get help to pay for your medicine. You can:

Ask your insurance provider for their formulary. That’s the list of preferred drugs they’ll cover. Find out how much the copay is for each brand of insulin. If one is cheaper than another, ask your doctor if it’s safe for you to switch.

Talk to your health care team. Ask your doctor, diabetes educator, pharmacist, or nurse:

  • Are there any samples I can have today?
  • Is there a generic option I can take?
  • Is there an older, cheaper option?
  • Should I try human insulin?

Shop around. Physical and online drug stores sell insulin at different prices. There are websites or apps that help make comparison shopping easier. You may even find some coupons when you search.

SOURCES:

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Managing the Cost of Insulin.”

American Diabetes Association: “Help With Insulin Is A Phone Call Away.”

CDC: “Diabetes: How to Save Money on Diabetes Care.”

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists: “Insulin Cost-Saving Resource Guide.”

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: “Hypoglycemics, Insulin — Long-Acting.”

Health Education & Behavior: “Solutions to Address Diabetes-Related Financial Burden and Cost-Related Nonadherence: Results From a Pilot Study.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Financial Help for Diabetes Care.”

Benefits Check Up: “Learn More About Benefits.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 11, 2020

SOURCES:

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Managing the Cost of Insulin.”

American Diabetes Association: “Help With Insulin Is A Phone Call Away.”

CDC: “Diabetes: How to Save Money on Diabetes Care.”

Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists: “Insulin Cost-Saving Resource Guide.”

Wisconsin Department of Health Services: “Hypoglycemics, Insulin — Long-Acting.”

Health Education & Behavior: “Solutions to Address Diabetes-Related Financial Burden and Cost-Related Nonadherence: Results From a Pilot Study.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Financial Help for Diabetes Care.”

Benefits Check Up: “Learn More About Benefits.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 11, 2020

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