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A SCHEME TO RECYCLE THE USED INSULIN PUMPS TO NEEDY WILLING TYPE 2 AND TYPE 1 DM PATIENTS IN INDIA AND DEVELOPING COUNTRIES A THOUGTH

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Cost of Insulin Pump has been a very important issue while advocating the Pump to either patients, type 1 or type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Out of 10-11 patients using Insulin Pumps in Type 2 patients except one Type 1 at my clinic facility, Two Pumps are deposited at my Clinic due to the sad demise of the patients. They do wish to sell these pumps with some depreciation price ie at lower price than the new one. As per my survey in the Metro city of Pune ,(INDIA ), at least 5-7% of total pumps used are not being reused. If Pumps used are approximately 500-700 in number, the unused revenue in terms of PUMPS in one region is about 70000 US Dollars. Since the pumps are usually purchased thru pocket expenses or with Loan or selling some assets like land or Gold , the relatives of the patients are not wrong in expecting some financial recovery after loosing the most important thing i e the PERSON. We do see refurbished cars sold and there are eligible and deserving candidates available who cannot purchase a new model. I am sure INDIA is a Important market of Diabetes related Products and INDIA duly represents many other developing countries wherein the situation may not be very different. Yes , I agree that financing the health needs like PUMPS may be different in USA and Europe.

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