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Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 1:12am
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Do you have to join and pay the $50 just to get a medic alert bracelet? The main reason I want one is to remind people that my child has an allergy, and in the case of her getting lost.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 2:36am
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Here's the fee info from their site:
"MedicAlert Foundation membership is only $15 a year and your first year's membership fee is included in an initial $35 registration fee."
The way I understand it is,
The first year is $35 which *includes* the $15 annual charge. The extra $20 that you pay the first year is the registration fee.
It costs $15 every year after that.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2000 - 2:39am
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The reason for the fee is so MedicAlert has your allergy information on file. There is a toll-free phone # on the bracelet for medical personnel to call to get your next of kin and doctor's phone #. If you just want a bracelet without these phone connections, just get one engraved at a local pharmacy. You just pay for the bracelet, not for a membership fee. Just to clarify, most pharmacies sell these bracelets, plus they do the engraving - you don't have to go through MedicAlert at all. There is a thread on this board somewhere called Lookalikes, discussing these non-MedicAlert bracelets. Take care.
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Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2000 - 5:07am
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Teresa1, there is another very long thread re MedicAlert bracelets under Living with PA that I just read through again. I'm feeling extremely guilty because I only had my son's bracelet engraved with severe allergy to peanuts rather than life threatening (he is anaphylactic). It does say that he carries an Epi-pen so hopefully that would alert the medical personnel okay. I'm not planning to get another bracelet for him until he outgrows this one. The $50.00 membership fee is the lifetime membership fee, which is you look at what services they do provide you with is quite reasonable. However, when you're ordering your 1st bracelet and find it comes to $96.00 or more it can be really offputting. If you are questioning the $50.00 membership fee due to financial reasons, which I don't think you need to post on this board, please contact me at one of two e-mail addresses and I can provide you with some further information via e-mail:
**************** Best wishes! Now I've just re-read the posts above and see that I have to check my MedicAlert paperwork. I know that when I sent for my son's which would have been a year ago August, and this is in Canada, it was a $50.00 one time only membership fee with no annual fees. However, I do know that I kept a brochure of theirs that recently came out with some really cute products (and also an Epi-pen holder) so I'm going to have to double check to see if their membership fees have changed. At any rate, if you do want any further information, please e-mail me. Best wishes.
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Posted on: Wed, 09/27/2000 - 6:55am
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Teresa1, I did check the product brochure I had received from MedicAlert but it didn't have anything about membership fees on it. So I went to their Canadian website at [url="http://www.medicalert.ca"]www.medicalert.ca[/url] to confirm the information I posted above. In Canada, we do have a $50.00 lifetime membership fee and there is nothing mentioned about other annual fees. It's so confusing when things are different between the States and Canada sometimes. Anyway, I wanted to check to make sure the information I had posted was "proper" for Canada and it is. And again, please feel free to contact me by e-mail. Best wishes.
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Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2000 - 12:04pm
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I ordered the medical alert bracelet today for my 5 yr old PA son and since most people don't know what anaphylactic means (excluding medical personnel) I requested to have engraved "life threatening allergy to peanuts".
However, they indicated they have only certain code words to engrave and life threatening wasn't one of them so she suggested to engrave instead....Severe allergy to peanuts, call 911.
I wish they could use "life threatening"

Posted on: Wed, 11/15/2000 - 12:21pm
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Hi Angela; my daughter's bracelet is engraved "severely allergic to peanuts; carries epi-pen". Some emergency medics depending on the area don't carry epi-pens or can't administer them and I would want anyone in an emergency situation to know that she has one. I never thought to put on it to call 911. I guess I just hoped that it would be a given. Somewhere on these boards there was another person who had trouble with what they had wanted engraved. Check it out in the search under "Medic Alert bracelets" I think it's good that you ordered one.

Posted on: Thu, 11/16/2000 - 4:12am
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Angela...my son's Medic Alert Bracelet says "fatal allergy to nuts" - although I want the next one to say "fatal allergy to peanuts/nuts".

Posted on: Thu, 11/16/2000 - 5:53am
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Heather......I did misprint what my engraving order was. It is Severe allergy to peanuts/nuts, call 911. And then if the medicalert number is ever called they have information about his epi pen, etc. I do not let him carry his epi pen yet but there is one wherever he is i.e. with me, school, with dad, home, grandparents, etc.

Posted on: Thu, 11/16/2000 - 6:37am
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Angela,
I ordered a bracelet for my son about one month ago. I had it engraved "Life Threatening Peanut Allergy. May need EpiPenJr." It took a lot of persistence on the phone but the woman finally agreed to engrave it this way. I believe if you call and ask for Louise you may have some luck. When I called, I was also told that "life threatening" was not an option but then the woman checked the form again and said that those words are now available.

Posted on: Thu, 11/16/2000 - 11:51am
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AmyR.... thanks for the info, I am going to call and see if it is not too late to change my order if they haven't already processed it. Thanks again all.

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