Can a Tool Help Overcome Barriers to Diabetes Medication Cost?
As public attention continues to focus on making insulin affordable, a new online guide is available to help clinicians approach discussions with patients about diabetes medication affordability and access. The resource, "Having Healthcare Cost Conversations to Improve Patient Outcomes: A Practical Guide," was jointly developed by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) and Beyond Type 1, the nonprofit patient advocacy organization. Indeed, the guide appeared as President Biden discussed his proposal to cap insulin costs at $35 per insulin vial during the State of the Union address, during which he introduced a young boy with type 1 diabetes in the guest box, as reported by Medscape Medical News. In the same week, Civica, a nonprofit coalition of health systems and philanthropies, announced it plans to manufacture generic insulin at a deeply discounted price, as reported by WebMD Health News.
@ayan The guide includes advice about overcoming barriers to discussing treatment costs with patients, suggested questions to ask patients about specific costs, and determinants of health and conversational approaches. Links are provided to resources for obtaining affordable insulin, other diabetes medications, and continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pump equipment.