What Do I Do If I Can’t Afford My Diabetic Glucose Meter?

by Cindy

When a patient is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, there are many different things to learn about.

This new diagnosis often means attending education classes, taking new medications, starting an exercise program and checking blood sugar readings. The cost of all of these things can add up very quickly. If you can’t afford your diabetic testing supplies, here are some tips to help you find a free glucose meter!

  • Ask your doctor: This is the best place to start because your physician receives more than just medication samples! Most doctors will have a stash of free glucometers and testing strips to get patients started with. In addition, they can show you how to use your meter before you leave the office!
  • Call your insurance company: Sometimes your physician may not know which meters are covered by your insurance plan. If your meter is very expensive, call your insurance company to find out if they will cover another brand or if they have programs to help defray these costs.
  • Check online: Check out the websites of popular glucometers to see if they are offering any mail away deals or coupons. Often the manufacturer is eager to work with patients to help get them the needed testing supplies. They may be able to put you in touch with a local representative who can help you obtain a new meter.

These are just a few tips that can help you find a new glucometer at a lower price. Your doctor’s office is often the best place to start because they can help you find a meter that fits your personal health needs. Never be afraid to ask! Testing your blood sugar every day is an important part of getting your blood sugar under control. With so many options for sample glucometers, there is no reason for anyone to be without a meter!

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