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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thanks, German Public Healthcare!

My American friends probably don't feel like reading more about me gushing on about how German public healthcare is awesome. But as someone living with a chronic illness and has experienced the inefficient American healthcare system firsthand, I just can't help it!

Last week, I got this very exciting letter in the mail from my German health insurance provider:



My German public healthcare is going to cover all the costs for my new insulin pump, which is worth over 3,000 Euro! Well, I do have to pay 10 Euro, but I can live with that. Especially since my current insulin pump (which my parents paid $1,000 for) looks like this:

Animas Ping insulin pump


It used to be completely green, but it started peeling about a year ago. Now people often ask me if it's camouflage. Doesn't that look like something you would trust to keep you alive and healthy?

Since my pump is 5 years old, it is also no longer under warranty (warranty on insulin pumps lasts 4 years). And since I would be completely screwed if it stopped working, my healthcare provider did agree to cover the costs of a new one!

Now I am just waiting on a delivery and a call from my doctor. Thanks again to the amazing German public healthcare system, which generously provides the same coverage to foreign students as it does German citizens.

3 comments:

  1. I want to say "oh but you should" to your (i'lm not) comment,.. but I won't.
    I agree! the the German public healthcare system is awesome, they're paying for Avi's compression garments and all the post care!

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  2. Ha! Give me a few years...


    And that is really great. I hear a Germans complaining about it sometimes, but it is actually a pretty good system they have going here!

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  3. Gotta love the efficient healthcare here! :)

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