“It’s heartbreaking. I should be with my son. I should not have had to bury him at such a young age. No parent should have to bury their children,” Smith-Holt told KARE in an interview.
According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 7.5 million Americans depend on insulin. Citing 2016 research from the University of Melbourne, the organization said the average price of insulin almost tripled from 2002 to 2013.
“The rising cost of and access to insulin ultimately impacts everyone and especially people with diabetes and their families, health care providers, insurers and employers,” the American Diabetes Association said in a statement. “Current estimates project that diabetes is the most expensive chronic illness in the U.S. at a total of more than $327 billion per year, including $15 billion for insulin.”