AskNadia: My Doctor Refuses to Prescribe Me Enough Insulin

Dear Nadia:

I use an insulin pump, and since we have changed insurance plans, I have a new Doctor, who will not give me enough insulin to last me a month. I have told him that I run out of insulin every month.
Andrew
Sacramento Ca

Dear Andrew:

That is outrageous. Is your physician an endocrinologist? Does he understand insulin pump therapy? His lack of concern for your monthly insulin requirements is alarming. I have never heard a story such as yours. Given your circumstance, you need to advocate for yourself. I would urgently request an appointment with an endocrinologist or a medical facility that understand insulin pump therapy.

Review your health plan to find a new physician. Then call them and interview them to make sure they understand insulin therapy. Explain your situation to them and ask them if they would follow your previous healthcare professional treatment who prescribed the monthly insulin your required.

People with diabetes who have health insurance should not have to fight their Doctor about a life or death medication that helps them maintain good glucose control. It seems unfathomable that your medication is under prescribed.

I am sorry you have to go through this. Especially in your situation where you have worked out a diabetes self-management plan with your previous physician that works for you. To stand in front of a new Doctor who refuses to honor your therapy must feel very dis-empowering and discouraging.

Go online and Google “Insulin Pumpers Group.” They are an excellent resource for you. You might meet someone who was in a similar situation, and they can share how they handled it.

Some of the insulin pump groups are for Type 1’s. If you are a Type 2 on an insulin pump, Look for a group that has both Type 1’s and Type 2’s.

Please keep me posted on your progress. We all will want to know how you resolve your insulin shortage.

Disclaimer:

Nadia’s feedback on your question is in no way intended to initiate or replace your healthcare professional’s therapy or advice. Please check in with your medical team to discuss your diabetes management concerns.

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