Treatment and other diabetes-related costs can be expensive. According to the American Diabetes Association the total costs of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion in 2012, with $176 billion in direct medical costs. “People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of about $13,700 per year, of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes.”
Here are 5 ways available to find help with these costs on the NeedyMeds website.
1. Apply for free or reduced prescription medications through a Patient Assistance Program (PAP).
How they work:
→ PAPs are run by pharmaceutical companies and provide free or discounted medicines to those who qualify.
→ Eligibility and application requirements vary from program to program, usually based on income and insurance.
How to find them:
→ If you do find your medication, click on it and you will be able to look over any assistance programs that are available for that medication.
How to get enrolled:
→ Most PAPs require that you fill out an application,