Principle 2: Get Regular Care

Which of the following statements do
you think are true?

  • Always receive high quality care.

  • Work with health care providers to make changes to their treatment plan when needed

  • See a doctor, diabetes educator, or a nutritionist on a regular basis.

  • Be able to get health care needs taken care of regardless of race, age, disability, or ability to pay.

  • Get support from family, friends, and co-workers.

  • Diabetics are able to get insurance.

  • Be treated fairly at work.

  • Diabetics are able to get Medicare to help pay for diabetes supplies if they are on Medicare.

  • Being diagnosed with diabetes is not the 
    "End of the World"

How many of the statements are true? If you guessed all of them, you are correct.

Do you realize that you have the right to get the best health care to help control diabetes?

Action Plan:

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes:

  • Ask your doctor or nurse how often you need to see them for a check up.

  • Write down the date and time for your next visit.

  • Ask your doctor or clinic staff to help find resources if you have problems paying for food, medicines, and medical supplies.

  • Make a list of things you want to talk about at your next visit to the doctor or clinic. And discuss them at your visit.

  • Be Pro-active. Take action.

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This information has been gleaned from research and from publications of the National Diabetes Education Program among others.

 

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