Being an insulin dependent type 1 diabetic I am one of those who certainly hope for a cure one day. Personally I think the drug companies make too much money off of us to really WANT to find a cure. I use an insulin pump, which is great technology and I absolutely love it. It is made by Medtronic, and I would recommend it to anyone considering going on the pump. Also I have the continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which I have yet to start using but will soon.
Now Medtronic has a new device which is called mySentry that will speak wirelessly to your CGM and monitor your glucose levels while you sleep, during the day, and conveniently displays it on a small tabletop device.
That's right. $3000.
Who is this made for? Certainly not me. I can't afford it. The majority of families with children who are type 1 cannot afford that. There are financing options you can do to get your payment down to as low as $50 with no interest.
With all the wireless technology available, I cannot fathom why this device would cost anywhere near $3000. More along the lines of a high end cell phone, certainly less than the pump itself would cost. I hope someone "gets it" because I don't.
I plan on going through my doctor to see exactly how much of this I can get insurance to cover if any. I won't lie, I want one of these, so I am curious to see how much of that $3000 would come out of my pocket.