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Type 1 Diabetes Experience


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(@retire24)
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I'm from the United States and starting my research about moving to Portugal in 2-3 years.  The first hiccup is my wife's Type 1 Diabetes.  She uses a Dexcom CGM (continuous glucose monitor) and omnipods with a PDM (personal diabetes manager) It is basically an insulin pump that she fills with Novolog insulin.

So my question is about other people's experience in Portugal with these types of devices.  1) Are these types of devices available for purchase in Portugal? Will private insurance help defray the cost?  If not, has anybody had to pay out of pocket and know the approximate cost?

We are extremely fortunate to have good insurance through my employer and the bill to insurance is around $4000 every 3- 4 months.

I'm not sure I can convince her to move to Portugal if we couldn't get or afford a CGM and insulin pump.  I don't think she wants to go back to finger sticks and needle shots several times a day. 🙂 

Thanks.

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You can purchase Dexcom G6 in Portugal through Vitalaire, but I don't think omnipod is available there.  This is my concern also.  We are thinking about relocating in about 2 years and my son is on the Tandem X2 CIQ and Dexcom G6.  They do not supply tandem products.  Here is the website for the Dexcom G6 in Portugal.  They are very responsive to emails. 

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Guys, I don't know the answer to your question but I would suggest you contact The Association for the Protection of Diabetics of Portugal (APDP) https://apdp.pt/

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@midlifecrisis I've contacted them previously and they said the only insulin pumps available in Portugal are Roche and Medtronic 🙁

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