I finally got the go ahead from my endo to get an insulin pump.
I’m excited, but I had no idea how expensive they would be be and I made a bad decision to be on a high deductible insurance plan this year. DOH!
The omni pod and MiniMed are the two systems that my endo recommended. It seems from my research that the omnipod is an ongoing expense and the MiniMed is more of a one time up front investment.
Also, from what I’ve been able to find, the omnipod is doesn’t have the tubes, but has to be replaced every 3 days, and the Minipod has tubes but is just attached once.
My insurance had me call each company and so far I am much more impressed with Omni pod’s customer service.
This will be my first pump and I feel overwhelmed with making this decision. These systems seem so different. I tried to look up other thread on this subject, but it seems like there hasn’t been a lot of posting on omnipods in a couple month. What I’ve read about the Minimed on here sound likes it’s a good product but that the company has some issues.
Any thoughts on this two products: the pros and cons, ongoing costs, how it effects your lifestyle, etc. - would be helpful and appreciated.
Also, can anyone tell me about how often the MiniMed needs to be replaced? I had heard or read they can last up to 4 years, which would make it a lot more cost effective over all then the omni pod. Does it have parts that need to be replaced more often?