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  1. Marty
    Marty April 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm | | Reply

    It’s already too easy for insurance companies to ignore the fact that people are individuals. Just because a particular therapeutic intervention may not be cost effective for a general population involved in a trial, it might still be entirely appropriate for an individual with a unique health profile that includes diabetes, for example, or a genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease. Information is power, and while insurance companies have the power to control access to health care, they probably would use this kind of information to restrict healthcare coverage.

  2. Pat Toler
    Pat Toler April 7, 2009 at 9:51 pm | | Reply

    Personally, I would prefer no ads so that the cost of prescription drugs could be minimized for everyone! No useful purpose in diagnosing ourselves! New diabetic at 59 and need to buy a glucometer. Insurance says Accu-Check, One-Touch, Sure Step. How do I know which would be best for me? No ads on these! Thanks!

  3. DiabetesFoot
    DiabetesFoot April 8, 2009 at 10:20 am | | Reply

    Get rid of the ADs hardly any other country allows them.

    and this statement is irony

    “Still, Kevin MD believes that this research will help doctors sort through the “increasing array of diagnostic and treatment options” and ultimately make better choices for their patients.”

    Because Docs don’t make the choices unless they think it won’t get vetoed by the insurance companies. And sorting through those treatment options is THEIR JOB why should tax payer money help them skirt their job responsibilities. Healthcare in the US would be a comedians dream source of material if anyone in the US could understand the jokes that didn’t work for insurance.

  4. DiabetesFoot
    DiabetesFoot April 8, 2009 at 10:23 am | | Reply

    Pat, get the on-touch ultra and download the software from the website. Get the cable to connect the meter to your computer download the readings before you go to the doctor and create customized reports.

  5. JD
    JD April 9, 2009 at 10:30 pm | | Reply

    I personally love the ads for prescription drugs, what a waste of dollars that could be put toward more research or lowering the cost of drugs so people can afford them.

    I’ve had several doctors tell me about patients that will come in and insist the doctor prescribe them drug XZY because the ad said it’s the cure for what ails them. The patients also get very angry if the doctor informs them that drug is not right for them.

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