Hi guys!This is the first video of our “International Diabetes” series which is a playlist i’ve made here in YouTube to share the stories of people that lives in other countries and how is it like to have diabetes where they live. They’ll talk about the accessibility to technology the medical care if they pay for supplies how much they pay for private or health insurance appointments Overall, how it works. So I prepared some questions to these people that I choose to tell me more about their lives with diabetes On the next weeks I’ll post videos with stories of Argentina, England, Canada United States, Chile, Sweden I’m inviting people to participate but I already have some videos to post for you I hope you like it Today’s story is told by Sharon Roldán a 19 years old girl from Argentina She sent us a very cool video talking about how is it like to have diabetes in Argentina: Hello! My name is Sharon Roldán and i’ll tell you about my experience with diabetes in Argentina You can check my social media here. Well, my name is Sharon Roldán i’m 19 years old and about 6 years ago i’ve been diagnosed with diabetes I was diagnosed 3 weeks after showing the symptoms because we haven’t noticed that the bruises in my tongue weren’t something else. I went to the doctor and he only wanted to evaluate me after the first 48 hours after the first appointment So i didn’t really knew what was going on with me On the next day i went to the public children’s hospital and had a few exams that showed that i had Type 1 Diabetes I was hospitalized for 5 days and it was in that period of time that i learned a lot about my disease i learned about how to use insulin, what to eat hey gave me the glucometer and told me everything else i needed to know Regarding health insurance at this moment i don’t have one but i really need it and i’m trying to get a public health insurance from the government Here in Argentina without a health insurance or any kind of help from the government the monthly cost for measuring blood sugar 4 times a day is $2.700 pesos argentinos plus $7000 pesos for insulin and insulin pens if you use two types of insulin I used to get supplies from my old health insurance but now that i don’t have one i usually go to a health center in my neighborhood When i had a health insurance the only thing I had to pay for was the monthly cost of the insurance itself and if you didn’t they would take the benefits from you because of the current economy in Argentina. Well that’s what happened to me because my family isn’t in it’s best shape in terms of economy to pay for a health insurance I can’t speak for imigrants because i don’t know any that has T1D The only brand that manufactures insulin pumps and sensors that i know of here is Medtronic but they’re very hard to get because you have to fill a lot of papers and meet a lot of requirements that are hard to achieve I take 6 shots of insulin a day for 4 years and I still didn’t get an insulin pump In case of emergency here in Argentina people that have diabetes are priority if the problem is about the disease but if it’s anything else you’re treated like any other person To my knowledge there has never been a lack of supplies that i know of I don’t know about it because it never happened to me To maintain control of diabetes you visit a doctor once every month If you don’t have health insurance you can go to a public hospital or to a health center where they can help you and give you what you need In Argentina there’s a law that makes sure that health insurance and public health programs have to guarantee supplies to anyone that has diabetes But as i stated before you have to fill paperworks and show them your glucose diary so they evaluate and decide if you’re eligible to receive supplies or not Well that’s all if you want you can ask me anything on my social media Thank you So, did you like Sharon’s story? I’ll talk about what i got from it basically to get supplies for free you have to pay for a private health insurance or from the government You pay a monthly fee so that you can receive the supplies you need: insulin and test strips When you pay this fee to the health insurance you’re also able to get the insulin pump but you need to go through a lot of stuff to get it and it’s hard It’s possible to buy an insulin pump but i assume it’s very expensive as it is here in Brazil and only people with a good amount of money are able to do so without having to fill papers and go though a evaluation process But i do believe that being part of a health insurance program is enough to get you a free insulin pump but as Sharon stated she’s using pens for 4 years and haven’t got a pump yet I don’t know why but i believe there are other stuff involved beyond just glucose levels I’m sure it’s harder to get in Argentina than in Brazil though Here you just need to file a legal action and if you win you get the pump and supplies every month if you don’t have the money to pay for it In Argentina though, i don’t think you’re able to get it even if you file a legal action he only way of getting it is though paying for an ensurance and meeting the requirements Well i hope you liked this first video If it was useful for you give me your thumbs up down here so that i know Also don’t forget to leave a comment in case you need any additional info If you want to talk to Sharon ask anything on her social media that she’ll be there for you If you think anyone else should watch this video share with them and don’t forget to subscribe and turn on the notification xoxo and see you later!