The human cost of insulin in America Stories of Americans rationing insulin - and dying for it - have been making national headlines. The most famous case, perhaps, was 26-year-old Alec Smith, who died in 2017 less than a month after he aged out of his mother's health insurance plan. Despite working full-time making more than minimum wage, he could not afford to buy new insurance or pay the $1,000 a month for insulin without it. I cant get my head around this . Surely if someone was unable to afford the drugs and became ill then their Doctor would give them the drugs to prevent them dying ?