I cant afford my Ostomy supplies!

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/20/2009 2:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had my surgery on November 26 of 2008.  So I am still learning how to deal with this temporary change.  I have been out of work due to the surgery and I currently do not have health insurance.  My doctor wrote me a prescription for my supplies and I went to the pharmacy to fill the prescription and was told I had to go directly to a medical supply store.  I have heard that the bags themselves can run approximately $15.00 a piece.  Is that true?  If so, how does everyone afford their supplies if they are not fortunate enough to have insurance?  I only have 2 bags left and I am starting to panick....  I don't want to have to tape a ziploc bag to my stomache! hahaha
Please help..any suggestions would be appreciated.  Medical maybe?  Thanks for listening.  God Bless!

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/20/2009 2:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry...a little typo on my posting..

Has anyone been able to get assistance with Medi-cal?

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   Posted 1/20/2009 3:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Try www.ostogroup.org   They're a group that gives ostomy supplies to the uninsured for free. All they ask is the price of postage.

Good luck.

I have had an ileostomy for 33 years now due to UC.
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I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/20/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, check with your ET Nurse...I've donated many wafers/pouches/general supplies that I didn't use anymore. They have a volunteer that distributes the items donated to people who are less fortunate or do not have insurance to help with the costs.
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