U.S. Citizens Seeking Affordable Medicine Take 10-Hour Trek to Canada to Purchase Life-Saving Insulin

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Published on May 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:31s

U.S. Citizens Seeking Affordable Medicine Take 10-Hour Trek to Canada to Purchase Life-Saving Insulin

With rising healthcare costs, a group of U.S. citizens affected by type 1 diabetes took a nearly 600-mile round trip to purchase insulin for a fraction of the price at home.

Veuer’s Justin Kircher has the story.

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U.S. Citizens Seeking Affordable Medicine Take 10-Hour Trek to Canada to Purchase Life-Saving Insulin

Could you imagine traveling hours for life-saving medicine for yourself or a family member?????That may sound like a third world problem, but it’s happening in the United States.????A group of Minneapolis natives seeking insulin to combat their type 1 diabetes or a family member’s…????...recently traveled in a caravan from their homes to Fort Frances, Ontario.????The Insulin4All campaign-organized group took the nearly 600-mile, 10-hour round trip…????...to purchase their life-saving insulin vials for a tenth of what it costs them in the U.S. ????Quinn Nystrom, who was part of the group, tweeted that the trip could have lasted just 5 minutes as they passed a local pharmacy on the way…????...but there, they would pay $300 for their medicine…????…”So we will travel another 5 hours north so we will only have to pay $30 for a vial of insulin.”????Nystrom told Minneapolis affiliate KARE TV that by year’s end, she’ll pay as much as $7,800 out of pocket for insulin.??

??Lija Greenseid, who made the trip to purchase insulin for her daughter…????...explained to the Minneapolis affiliate that their full day’s car trip was quicker than dealing with her health insurance provider…????“It took me 11 days and 15 phone calls to get insulin this year.”????Greenseid told KARE that her provider stopped covering the insulin her daughter needed but no prescription was required in Canada.????The local affiliate reports the group returned home with a roughly three month supply of insulin each…????...which they believe is the maximum amount allowed by the FDA and U.S. Border Patrol.????On their website, the group Insulin4All estimates the cost of insulin has increased 1,100 percent in the U.S. since the 1990’s.

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