Coming to the US with Type 1

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My son was diagnosed with Type 1 in his mid 30's while living in the UK. He was born in the US and after college left to live and work overseas, He is very sick these days, had heart attacks and has very bad severe diabetes related nerve pain in both legs. He would like to come back home but he as well as I is very scared given the scary US health care system. If I bring him back by plane and after landing at NY, Chicago, or wherever, what then. What about medication, treatment, etc. Is getting Medicaid and hoping for the best all that can be done? I have written to the American Diabetes Association, but they never answered any of my inquiries. I have written to the Dr, Phil show and asked them to bring my son home and help us with getting the help we need. No help there.I am over 70 years old and willing to do what it takes to see my son with me and taken care of with the treatments and medication he needs.All good help will be very much appreciated.
Posted about 4 years ago
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I do not know what to say here. I can only speak from experience. I'm t1, originally from the Uk, now living in US. Personally I would take the Uk system over the US anyday. Firstly it is free and t1s get free prescriptions recognizing the significant costs t1s can face. I know for many Americans socialized medicine is misunderstood. You are not priority if it's unnecessary ( eg sports injury) but it is really there if you need it eg heartbissues, cancer, diabetic complications. The Uk system is transparent, the us system is the opposite. If he does decide to come here make sure you understand his needs and treatment every step of the way. Consider asking your insurance co to appoint a care manager that can walk you thr the steps and keep the costs in focus. I learned the hard way after a mrsa infection caused by my pump. The stress of dealing with insurance cos is horrible and does not help bgs. Obviously you want your soon to be close. Just stay aware, informed and focused. Be his advocate and do not trust anyone. 
Posted about 4 years ago
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Hi, It's John- I was your son's roommate and friend in college.  I have been trying to find him for a long time now and I'm sorry to hear that it sounds like he is not doing so well.  I would very much like the opportunity to talk with you if possible.JC
Posted about 4 years ago