Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin

The high price of insulin across the country is forcing some families with type 1 diabetes to go north to buy the medication. From 2012 to 2016, the price of insulin nearly doubled in the U.S. – and last weekend, about a dozen people took a bus 817 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to London, Ontario, to buy the life-saving drug. Mireya Villarreal reports.

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20 thoughts on “Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin

  1. I don't know why they think Canada would be better why not Mexico. You think $600 is expensive for insulin? Just be glad you don't have to pay serious money like those people suffering from those muscular degeneration diseases. I hear they're paying for one treatment it cost over $100,000

    You're over here crying about $600. Yes is expensive but you can still get it. Unlike that Canadian boy who's dying because he cannot get the medication he needs because it costs over $100,000 for one treatment

  2. My wife is type 1, and we have no insurance since she lost her job last year. We just picked up her prescriptions. 1 pen of Tresiba cost us only $25, and her insulin lispro (generic) cost $36 per pen. That adds up to about $75 per month for all of her insulin. (She's only 120 lbs, so figure your own price equivalent) We get our prescriptions at Rite-Aid and they check to see what programs are available to lower the price. We're not sure how it ended up so cheap this time, but it's a welcome relief. If this is a new trend in prices, the people in this video spent more in taking a bus to Canada than they might have spent on insulin if they had gotten the plan discounts that are available when you have no insurance. It is a messed up system, but with pharmacies now doing more to find the discounts for you instead of you having to search the internet for discounts ( and such) things are looking better.

    Edit: The statement in the video that the "uninsured pay list price" is false. We've been without insurance for a year now and have 5 prescriptions between us, and have not paid list price for any medication. There is always a discount, and some of them actually beat the copay with insurance. When we lost our insurance last year, my wife's Synthroid was cheaper with a GoodRX discount than we had been paying with our insurance copay.

  3. Welcome to The Real American Dream that no one knows about it. but it still better than other countries in the world but it’s not heaven on earth.

  4. If drug manufacturers cannot make a profit on $100-a-month insulin they will raise prices on other products to make up the difference.

  5. This is why universal healthcare is vital. Not in the US. I am from a developing country, but we are moving towards socialized care. 🙂

  6. I am not for socialized healthcare, but drug companies and healthcare corporations are greedy vultures that prey on people at their most vulnerable. Don't get sick in the US.

  7. People needing life sustaining medication need to contact Patient Access Network…PAN. They might find this helpful to afford their medications. Most big pharmas have programs to help people get their medications. It's a process but it does work. I did it and I'm alive today. My medications were $150,000.

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