The other patient I trained with on Omnipod told me last week that her GP told her to cut down on blood testing which rather surprised her as she’d been told to increase it due to change to pump therapy. I’m told by a GP I know that practices are paid now on targets that reward a decrease in prescribing costs and a target area is blood testing strips for diabetics, namely type 2’s on diet and metformin. Unfortunately the GP system doesn’t differentiate between type 1’s and 2’s so we are all targetted together which means that some of us with less enlightened GP’s will have to justify our use. My practice is fine but it really annoys me that anyone of us type 1’s have to explain our useage of test strips. Puncturing our fingertips 6-8 times a day shouldn’t be thought of as a luxury. Maybe Diabetes UK should have a word with the PCT’s.
Off to wilfully puncture my finger now whether I need it or not!
I wonder if anyone doing the instructing has worked out the cost of a reasonable supply of strips (say 50 a week) compared to the costs to the NHS of complications which we’re always told are so horrendously high!
No that would be too obvious. The PCT accountant would have only looked at the bottom line rather than the long term benefits that any one with the slightest knowledge of diabetes would know. Sad isn’t it?
I was chatting to one of the diabetic girls from America who has a blog only a month ago.
They have a black market for test strips over there, and what’s worse counterfeits as well. I said it’d never occured to me that’d happen as we’d thankfully never have a problem over here getting such basics.