Well the thing is this...
triggered by the post about those stupifyingly expensive printed VBA diapers it got me thinking again about the money-cost of my incontinence & bedwetting...
I'd really be interested to see how's that with you...
for myself I'm a bedwetter (5-7 nights a week)... and have a "moderate" daytime IC. (I dribble and sometimes don't make it to the toilet in time, can't hold it long).
At night I can get by with Attends Slip Regular M10...
During the day I mostly wear pads (either Tena or molicare) or pull-ups (tena Pants Plus or super) - and when I know I'll have to deal with longer trips, or know bathroom access is going to be difficult I wear an Attends Slip M8.
The M8 are really comfy, if not put on too tight I can actually pull them down/up almost like pull-ups... they're totally discrete and hold quite a lot.
Also I wear those at home on the weekends or at evenings for convenience of not having to watch out so much.
So here's the cost:
Prices in Euros (1Eur = approx. 1.3 USD)
My attends M10 are 28 diapers for each bag, and cost about 0.59€ per diaper.
The M8 are about 0.50€ each.
Pull-ups at about 0.80 each
Pads at about 0.50 each.
I need the average of 380-400 night time diapers each year (minimum): 400 x.59=236€
And have to change my pull ups about twice a day + a diaper at home / evenings / weekends.. so lets say three diapers a day over the year = 3*365= 1095 pull-ups/pads/diapers (pads are cheaper and really convenient)...
with a normal pull-up (the pull-ups go for about 0.80 each, the pads for about 0.50 each.... with the mix of mostly pads, followed by pull ups and by diapers... I'd say it's about 2x0.5 + 1x0.8 = 1.8 per day
that's 1095 * 1.8 = 1971.00 ^
Total for Night & Day 1971+236 = 2207.- this is in Euros
In US$ this is approx. 2870$
Now that's just a base figure of course... sometimes it's a good bit more, sometimes less.
My insurance ONLY covers approx. 1300$ ...
The remainder I have to pay out of my own pocket each year. (that is 1500$).
The amount the insurance covers is defined by the government... so it's nationwide and independent of the type of insurance.
I think it's a sad thing... that with all the social payments, taxes and stuff people have to cover the added cost of living due to their "disabilities" on their own, at least to a large extend...
I mean look at this:
I've been incon for the last 33 years... arguably the first 3-4 don't really matter. and arguably during my 4-10th year the products were "cheaper" as not "adult / teen sized".... so let's forget about the first ten years.
but so far that's 20 years and probably with an average life expectation ahead of me (~75 years total -33= 42years)... so that will be roughly 60 years...
now 60years * 1500$ = a whopping 90'000$ I have to pay for diapers.
(unless of course modern medicine at one point finally comes up with a solution in my case).
I know it's kind of stupid to ponder about stuff like that... but well...
so what's your take, your situation, your solution?