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ucfree
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   Posted 8/25/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I use Hollister brand and wanted to know if you guys go thru your insurance for supplies or purchase them out of pocket cheaper online.
I have a $750 deductible before the insurance starts paying for anything. They don't cover gauze (to clean) or the sure seals. They only cover the wafer, bag, and eakin seals. From my calculations and how many times I would possibly change, it's almost like we break even at around $700 for the year for supplies. Anyone have a cheaper source online where you buy your supplies from? :)

Thanks!

summerstorm
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   Posted 8/25/2010 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
you can buy the guaze somewhere like walmart or something, or just use towels or papertowels. Sureseals you can get on other sites, just do a search for ostomy supply companies.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
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Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 8/25/2010 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
search 'cheap ostomy supplies' and you will find the sites that DO NOT ACCEPT insurance...they are the cheapest...go figure! And the service is just a good as my regular supplier:D
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

ucfree
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   Posted 8/25/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
So is the general consensus that people buy their supplies online and pay for them rather than going thru insurance?

mxmstr
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   Posted 8/25/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It seems like I always meet my deductible anyway, so I use insurance

summerstorm
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   Posted 8/25/2010 10:54 PM (GMT -6)   
i usually use my insurance but with the mess we have right now i probably won't

the ones that dont take insurance are cheaper because they dont lose as much money through insurance and medicaid/care. Plus they dont have to pay people to deal with insurance!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
No matter what kind of day you are having, take five minutes to sing loudly and dance like a fool!

Tara28
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   Posted 8/26/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never used gauze for cleaning, I use a baby facecloth wet and wrung out (and toilet peper). Get most of the stuff off with the tp, then just make sure it's totally clean with the facecloth. My insurance covers everything including eakin seals, bag, all the paraphernelia like hex-on, m9, adhesive remove, stomahedsive powder etc. They even cover hypafix tape (also called medipore) which is what I use to seal my pouch much like a sureseal problably would. The home health care person just writes on the receipt "ostomy supplies". and then the actual receipt for pymt has everything itemized.

Do you use 1 1/4 or 1 1/8" convex?
33 years old, dx with Crohn's in 1998. Currently on :
Clofazimine 100mg daily,
Rifampin 600mg daily, and Clarithromycin 2 tabs daily
and Cipralex 10mg/day for anxiety.
Hydroxyzine, percocet, Ativan as needed.
5g pharmaceutical grade Omega 3's, 1000IU's Vitamin D3 daily
2 Perianal fistulas, and 1 more suspected. Crohn's only at end of colon, cecum. Remi, Asacol, Salofalk, Imuran, Humira did nada. Built immunity to long-term Cipro use, which also induced panic attacks.
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