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November 5, 2010

Ostomy Supplies on a tableI am homeless and need ostomy care supplies. Is there anywhere to get help?

By BEVERLY WILKEN

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November 5, 20103 found this helpful
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Since you appear to have access to a computer, look up the companies that make your ostomy supplies and see if they have Patient Assistance Programs. You'll have to print out a form and send some documentation, but some companies will send these items and prescription medicines for free (or very little cost) to people who qualify. Hopefully you have an address where you can receive these items, but be aware that in some cases they send by Fedex and you have to sign for them. I have received several Rx medicines and diabetes test strips for free through these programs when I was unemployed. Good luck to you.

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February 20, 2018

I need free ostomy supplies. Can someone please help me with suggestions for finding a source?


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February 20, 20181 found this helpful
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If you have insurance, your insurance may cover all of your ostomy supplies or a part of it. (depending on your coverage)

There are some websites on the web that can give you a free sample to see if you like the product to continue to order more.

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February 20, 20180 found this helpful
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I have my Dr. write a prescription to the place I order from. My insurance company will then pay their portion of my pouches and skin care. You might also find out if your area has a cancer center.

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Many times ostomy items are donated from families to help others when their loved ones have passed on. Hope this helps.

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December 30, 2019

I'm having trouble getting colostomy supplies for free because I only have Medicare A and I need some help from someone.


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December 30, 20190 found this helpful
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Here are a few suggestions. Some are just for short term, but if you ask each group, they may be able to point you to better, more permanent solutions:

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www.ostomy.org/.../

www.180medical.com/.../

www.needymeds.org/.../64

United Ostomy Associations of America
P.O. Box 525
Kennebunk, ME 04043-0525
1-800-826-0826

Also try your local hospital's social worker team to get you local resources or if they are not helpful, talk to your primary care doctor.

Every city has different resources.

Prayers for solutions!

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December 30, 20190 found this helpful
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Many times the doctors have samples. I would ask them. Companies sometimes give supplies to patients who can of afford them.

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December 30, 20190 found this helpful
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Here is a site you can check and they offer you free samples. I know free samples isn't much but if you can get free samples from several places this is a good start. www.veganostomy.ca/.../

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Here are a few other sites where you can order free samples from

www.coloplast.us/.../

www.bladderandbowel.org/.../

www.salts.co.uk/.../order-samples

www.alibaba.com/.../free-colostomy-bags.html

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December 31, 20190 found this helpful
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See if your doctor could write a prescription to have it covered?

Other resources:
www.cancercare.org/.../colostomy
www.ostomy.org/.../

Here is also a more in depth thread that may help you out: www.thriftyfun.com/tf82385478.tip.html

Good luck!

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January 21, 2020

My health insurance is limiting what I can get a month. I have a permanent ileostomy and because the muscle around the stoma is not flat, it causes me to leak output. I have to change everyday and apply an eakin seal for added protection. I have made an appeal to the insurance and was denied my 30 day supply. I am going to appeal again, but I want to see what other options I have to get the supplies I need. They are so expensive. I need help. Desperate!


Finding Low Cost Ostomy Supplies
 
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January 21, 20200 found this helpful
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On the Ostomy forum people are always talking about where they have some low cost supplies. You can check it out here. You can find some interesting information on this forum to help you out. www.meetanostomate.org/.../viewtopic.php?t=4703

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January 23, 20200 found this helpful
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Hello
I am so sorry for your limitations. Please see if your doctor can write you a RX, and fax it to your insurance company, along with a note of your condition. I have had a illeostomy for almost 28 years. I too, have struggled with leakage. I have tried almost everything.

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I have the most luck with activelife covex one piece pouches from ConvaTek. I also have much less problems with a elastic ostomy belt. Stomahesive past skin barrier and powder worked much better for me than the barrier strips. I hope this helps. Blessings! Ida

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January 11, 2018

In search of free or low cost ostomy supplies.


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January 11, 20181 found this helpful
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Contact cancercare.org

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January 12, 20180 found this helpful
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Go to your local pharmacy and have them check with the manufacturer of several different brands that you can or do use, to see if they have a patient assistance program.

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March 14, 2019

My sister is going for surgery next week, she must use the colostomy bags permanently! We would like to help her so she can get them. We are retirees in a low income bracket, so could you please let us know if is a place where we can by those bags at a reasonable and more affordable price.

Thanks and kind regards.

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March 14, 20190 found this helpful

CancerCare.org has a list of resources here. www.cancercare.org/.../colostomy

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March 14, 20190 found this helpful

Prayers for your sister. What we have learned from family experience is the following:

1. Talk to the hospital where she is having her surgery and see if the social worker can arrange for a good starter supply of the products. They (social workers) may also be able to help with long term solutions.

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2. While it turned out we didn't need to contact them, this group is supposed to be helpful (but it is for US residents only from what I understand) meplus.convatec.com/.../.

3. There are ostomy support groups (this link is for a finder for one near you): www.ostomy.org/.../

Sometimes families of people who have passed, share their supplies with support group members who are in need. From what I understand, the arrangements vary from people just sharing to the recipient having to pay postage. It can't hurt to join and ask.

If you are not in the US, I would have to do some research to help.

Prayers for your sister and for you!! Sending up lots of healing wishes!

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April 9, 2019

My daughter wears ostomy bags. We need help in finding out if someone can help with emergency supplies.


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April 9, 20190 found this helpful

Cancer Care has resources www.cancercare.org/.../colostomy

The manufacturers of the bags themselves have financial assistance, too.

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