It is easier for my patients to get marijuana than it is to get diabetes supplies. I am a primary care physician who cares for a mostly Medicaid population. In Connecticut, to certify a patient to receive CBD-related products, a physician enters the patient’s information into a state-sponsored website and attests to an underlying chronic condition. That’s it. The certification is good for one year. The patient can present to any state-licensed dispensary for a consultation.
When I last ordered a glucometer, test strips, needles and lancets for a patient with diabetes, the pharmacy sent back paperwork to be filled out. Some brands are covered by certain insurance companies, other brands are not. Some pharmacies require paperwork to be filled out with their last primary care visit and glucose results. Some medical supply companies require a paper script. They all require proper documentation of diagnosis codes. Requirements seem to change monthly. This causes a needless back-and-forth of paperwork that causes disruptions in care. This happens all the time.