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5/24/14 9:25 P

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I found out about a little meter when I went to the Diabetes Expo that I ended up getting. I also checked my insurance and they completely cover that brand which is True Test. (turns out it is the brand the hospital uses) It isn't as low cost as the Reli-on, but much lower than other brands. I was interested because I lost my other one and this one was small enough to fit in a pocket. The meter attaches to the top of the strip container. There is a jacket that fits around the container and it has a place for the lancet device. I put some of the lancets in the strip container so everything is really compact. I did have to get an Rx for the strips and when that was written up I got the larger meter, too. The little meter is True2Go. They are carried at Safeway and I think Walgreens (the larger one is at Walgreens, anyway). Other meters have a co-pay for their strips.



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3/28/14 6:03 P

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My insurance only allowed me to get the One Touch as well. I got it at a pharmacy that I did not know was not one of their providers, so it cost more. I ended up calling for a new RX for the strips and lancets to go through my mail order....a little cheaper. One day I was on FB and saw something for a free diabetic cookbook. I never got that, but I got a free meter, which I was called about. I turned it down at first and thought this would not go through my insurance but somehow did. I complained about it when the package arrived and they took off the charges and now are going to send me free supplies. Type in free diabetic supplies and see what you get. Just an option.

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3/28/14 2:17 P

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my insurance pays for only one touch... can't complain... all my diabetic supplies are free.. but I do prefer my freestyle lite...

for those of you that have difficulty paying for strips... then call the company... they can help you.. and there are many sources online that you can get them at a reasonable price..

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3/28/14 2:07 P

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Houndlover, I have wondered why Wellmark insisted on the most expensive strips out there, there has to be a kickback going on.

The sad thing is that we would have less overall medical costs if we monitored more and had less complications!

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3/28/14 1:51 P

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And here is a link to a price comparison (admittedly from the Walmart site). If anyone has others please add:
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The price of the meter is usually irrelevant in the long run.

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3/28/14 1:43 P

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Excellent topic, hope lots of people see it. I agree with Walmart Reli-On Prime (maybe not their older models) as a great choice, but be careful to follow instructions well, clean hands, apply blood to the end only etc.
Same for A1c test if your insurance costs more than what they charge.
This makes me wonder if insurance companies only pay for these very high-priced supplies because they win twice: by contracting with one maker and getting steep discounts on the meters (probably free for them) and then force people to pay for the supplies through co-pays. And then they win when people buy their own because it's cheaper. There should be laws against this.
Still, buying the least expensive brand that works well is a good consumer choice and good for our health (because we can test more).
Birgit

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3/28/14 1:26 P

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Walmart sells there own brand of glucose meter for about 16 dollars. 50 test strips for this meter is 9 dollars. That is a lot cheaper than using your insurance company. I have been using this meter and it works just as good as any other brand. The lancets cost about 6 dollars for a box that has 210 lancets. These are all the Reli On brand that is sold at Walmart. Hope this helps.

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I bought my own meter I think I paid $10 on Amazon. I get 50 strips for $20 on Amazon. Through my insurance I have to bay 50 to 80 per 50 pack.

There is a huge difference in price on most things medical/prescription related versus paying cash.

I find it the most cost effect option to self purchase my own.

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3/28/14 12:54 P

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I found it impossible to get a grip on the mechanics of testing my blood in that first week. Maddening!

My insurance, Wellmark said I had to use an AccuCheck meter, which was provided free, and the test strips are $70 (my co-pay) for 100. That's a 2 month supply for me.

When I first received the Rx for these things I tried comparison shopping, and that got me no where, no one would explain to me how the pricing worked, and my local pharmacy was clueless, they kept saying "call Wellmark".

I even drove 45 minutes to a neighboring town to visit WalMart, tried to talk to a pharmacist to get information and she was FAR LESS THAN HELPFUL! The only information I could get out of her is that my Rx was for 100 strips, my co-pay was $70 and if I refilled before Welmark allowed, my cash price would be $200. - That's $2 a strip!

I tried shopping online, comparing prices at WalMart.com, Amazon, and a couple of other and couldn't figure them out...why are some strips $9 for 50....but the same brand might be $29 for 100? And why are the online ones sooooo cheap?

So....all you long-time-triumph-ers over Diabetes....can you share your wisdom?

How do you manage the cost of testing?

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