New story in Politics from Time: Postcard From Germany: Moved For School, Stayed For Insulin

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The Richardsonian

Every now and then, Katie West considers returning to the U.S. She moved to Germany for graduate school three years ago and now works as a health systems researcher in Hamburg. Her family is an ocean away. Then she remembers why she stays.

West, 30, has had type 1 diabetes since she was three years old. Back in Seattle, where she used to live, she typically paid $70 per month for insulin and another $130 for pump supplies. That was a relative steal in the U.S., made possible by her excellent health insurance, which she got through her employer. But still, it was a financial strain.

In Germany, she pays about ?10, roughly $11. Every three months.

?I don?t ever have to worry,? she says. ?There is not a day I ever have to worry about if I can pay for something, or manage something.?

The price of insulin has…

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