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According to Daly et al, a survey of patients suggested
that the most common barrier to self-care is cost,
including expenses for following the recommended meal
plan, medications, blood glucose monitoring, and
exercising. High co-pays and deductibles, lack of
adequate insurance, no insurance, and limited economic
resources can lead to patients prioritizing and choosing
to pay only for those therapies they see as immediately
impacting their quality of life, such as symptoms.
Meanwhile, the intangible benefits of controlling blood
sugars may be neglected and lead to progression of the
disease that will further lead to a reduction in quality
of life and other complications.
The Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes published by
the American Diabetes Association recommends
reimbursement for medical nutrition therapy and Diabetes
Self-Management Education. When specific criteria is
met, as delineated by the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, these features of patient support are
reimbursable through Medicare programs.
Social workers that are members of the health care team
can assist with referrals for medication assistance
programs, applications for public assistance programs,
and working toward other economic assistance that can
free up funding for medications and other therapy costs.
In some cases, free services and other resources may be
available in a community setting. Support groups can
also help to identify local resources that may be
helpful to reduce economic barriers to adherence. The
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse has a number
of links to resources for economic support.
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