Dollar, cents, and delivery (a.k.a. Day One minus one...)
The little SOB's cost $40 each. They look like an infusion set, but don't kid yourself. These puppies have as much in common with an infusion set at the Wright Flyer does with the Space Shuttle. Ya stick both under the skin, but that is where the similarity stops. The sensors are high tech stuff. Among other exotic elements used in the construction: platinum. I know some diabetics who cry when they mess up putting in an infusion set and have to redo. How would you feel if you dropped a $40 sensor in the toilet?
Speaking of dollars, let’s talk about the cost of the system. The basic system, which includes the monitor, transmitter, computer dock, software, and your first month’s worth of sensors costs $2,790. So roughly half the cost of a pump.
You wear a sensor for three days. If you wear 24-7 they reckon you use 10 per month. As I mentioned before they run forty bucks a pop, so your consumables will cost you $400 per month. The transmitter lasts for a year and then needs to be replaced at the cost of another $400. The sensor and the seam between the transmitter cable and the sensor need to be covered with an IV3000 patch to keep them water proofed. (Don’t worry, I’ll upload photos of all of this later). I’m not sure if MiniMed users are familiar with the IV3000. Smith’s sends them to us Cozmo users. In theory, you put one on your skin under your infusion set. In practice, most Cozmo users don’t bother. In fact, I just sold my first (virtually unused) box of IV3000’s on Ebay. Oh well, who knew?
The IV3000 is a very, very, very thin skin-like bandage. I don’t know yet what those are going to cost, but you need to add it to your tab. The bottom line: this is not a cheep system. But we all know that diabetes ain’t cheep! Am I filthy rich? I wish. This system is going to require some big sacrifices in our family budget. Hopefully, within the year the insurance companies will get on board. But my view? Funerals aren’t cheep either. If it keeps me: One, alive; and two: healthy; then it is a bargain.