My Healthcare SUCKS!


Note: This post has been edited to remove all the bad language I originally had in it.

VA Healthcare Sucks

My husband is a 100% Disabled Veteran and just discovered the VA only allows enough test strips to test his sugar levels two times a week! Yes, this is not a typo, “two times a WEEK”. I am not making this up!!!

I do not think we can afford these test strips. Of course we have no choice. His sugar levels go from 40 to 500+. In the past he managed his medications by testing his sugar levels and adjusting them and his diet accordingly.

If the VA pulls this crap, I bet there are many of you experiencing the same thing with your health care providers. What have you done? I was told by the VA Pharmacy that there is no way to fight this. However, I honestly think I must at least give it an honest try.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Anyone with an idea on how to get lower costing strips?

Any ideas on how to fight this?

I understand it will not be easy but I have to do something. I simply can’t sit back and allow this to happen to my family and friends.



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4 Responses to My Healthcare SUCKS!

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    Brian Wilson February 25, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I have the exact same issues myself. Unfortunately I have simply given up and no longer check my blood sugar. Please keep us updated on this and GOOD LUCK!

  2. Heather Anderson
    Heather Anderson February 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    WOW that was fast. I just posted this. You really need to check your levels and not give up. If you go too high or low it could result in some serious health issues or even death!

    Thank you for your support and yes I will keep everyone updated through this post and FaceBook.


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    GB February 25, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    If you husband has Medicare A/B, then the strips are covered under part B I believe. My husband is also diabetic and goes to the VA and when he was 1st dx then they wanted closer accuchecks now it is 2-3 times a week even though they
    Have increased his med last visit. Of course if he has a really high or low BS I’m going to contact his PCP at VA.

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    Tori Hosier February 26, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    I have been a insulin dependent diabetic since I was 7, my parents sold their home to pay off medical bills it was not an easy road, it will be 50 years in Nov since I was diagnosed . My husband is not military, but our ins did not cover the strips at all for most of our 35 years, I understand your heart ache and this pisses me off to hear our gov,. can pay for some of the needless crap they pay for and not take care of our Military the way it should. My brothers both have had the same issues with VA.
    I know our medical expenses being diabetic are Off the Hook, having to check my sugar 4 x a day for the past almost 50 years and paying out of pocket over two hundred a month for 200 strips on top we paid for two types of insulin because they were looked at as name brand so they were not covered. But that has changed for us for now… Thank God.. we are hopping the O care does not effect our coverage at this point! I would write, scream if you have to! To One touch, accu-chek and all the other strip suppliers and tell them his story.. some one may help! But you putting up a page on social media may help as well! This is crazy like elderly who don’t buy their meds so they can eat!!!

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