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The surgery recovery was not long but painful I still do not like jello. The good part about surgery was that I do not need any equipment. Diabetic testing equipment is this covered by CAJA? Strips to check your blood sugar are those very costly and is this something you would need a prescription to buy, or are you given any problems bring a six month supply when you return to Costa Rica.

Ed

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Ed, I'm diabetic also and so far I've had no problem whatsoever getting test strips into the country. I have a U.S. physician who will prescribe them and a U.S. mail-in pharmacy service that will send them to me. I have her prescribe about three times what I actually use which reduces my "per strip" co-pay cost.

 

In September, I got a "consignment" of 500 via Aerocasillas. When I need to reorder them, I'll try to find someone who's coming this way and have them bring them down. You never know what Customs and the Ministry of Health will come up with. I doubt that Customs would bat an eye if they saw the strips in your luggage; in a mailed package, you might face different scrutiny.

 

I've seen a limited selection of test strips in the local commercial farmacias and I'm sure that, as in the U.S., you don't need a prescription to buy them. Just how reliable the supply is, and just how many choices you will find, are another matter. I use a One Touch Ultra Mini meter (a favorite of Consumer Reports a couple of years ago) and I have never seen their strips here. And, like virtually everything else that's imported, I'm sure that test strips at the farmacias here will be even more expensive than over the counter in the U.S.

 

Have you looked for test strips on ebay?? I often find great bargains for things like this there.

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Thanks for the reply. I will look on Ebay for strips. I use the One Touch also. Out of pocket they are not cheap. I looked in to the WalMarts generic that is less costly. At present I still have insurance here and the One Touch cost $20.00 a hundred. I will have no coverage when we move until CAJA kicks in.

Ed

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Somebody else needs to chime in about whatever the CAJA may provide. I know the choice of oral meds is limited, and I understand that they will only give insulin users one needle and syringe per day. So the CAJA may not be a satisfactory solution.

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I was diagnosed with sleep apnea in Feb of 2010 ... I have had a CPAP (Phillips Respirator with humidifier add-on) that I take on my trips with me and here now in Costa Rica where I moved Aug 8th, 2011. Previously my medical insurance covered the purchase of the unit and its monthly supplies, items I am sorely missing currently. Although I have built a fair inventory of accessories, I would surely like to know where I can obtain filters, new masks, etc. to fit my CPAP. here in Costa Rica ... and how to manage the cost factor while using a local insurance provider. Surgery is not an option and I prefer to use my CPAP ("mata pasiones", as I refer to it) in the interim. I will do some research and add a post later on re: (1) sleep medicine specialists (2) CPAP suppliers (3) local insurance coverage.

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