Families Cross Borders in Search for Affordable Insulin

July 18, 2019 — Like many Americans, Lija Greenseid comes home with souvenirs when she visits other countries for work or vacation.

Greenseid brings home insulin.

Israel, Italy, Germany, Greece, Taiwan and Canada — all countries where she’s bought insulin for her 13-year-old daughter at a fraction of the price in the U.S., even with health insurance. She’s part of a group of people with diabetes and their parents who regularly caravan 5 hours each way from St. Paul, MN, to buy the life-saving medicine in Canada.

On a trip across the border this spring, six of them spent $1,265 on insulin supplies that would have cost them $12,400 back home.

“We saved over $11,000 by going to Canada,” says Greenseid.


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