Monday, October 6, 2008
Because my doctor said so, that's why!
My insurance pays for 90% of my insulin pump AND continuous glucose monitoring supplies, which is incredible. They pay for most of the medical supplies that I need, in fact. But recently, when my doctor prescribed enough test strips to test 10-15 times per day (because that's how many I need to test to maintain tight control), my insurance decided that I only need to test at most 8 times per day. What?! The insurance company gets to decide what's best for my daily medical treatment, not my doctor? I wasn't prepared to have a war with my insurance company, and I hope I don't have to. I may be switching insurance companies soon, but even if I don't do that, I hope a letter from my doctor outlining why it is medically necessary for a diabetic patient to test her bloodsugar 10-15 times per day to achieve optimal (or at least darn good) control will suffice. Let's hope. Geez.