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Old 05-17-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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Testing Strips

Can anyone tell me if your insurance pays for testing strips? I don't think mine does, are there any that are reasonably priced? I am on a sliding scale with my insulin so I have to test at least four times a day and would greatly appreciate any knowledge on getting them reasonably priced or some loop hole that they would get paid for by insurance? I am not able to take care of the diabetes as I am supposed to because of the cost of all this stuff! Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.
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Re: Testing Strips

Many insurance companies pay for strips. You need to ask. Also, Walmart carries the Relion meter and the strips are among the least expensive.
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Re: Testing Strips

I don't know what insurance you have but Cora is correct...call and ask if they cover it or at least cover part of it. I've heard good things about the Relion meter and I believe it is the most resonable one out there.

Depending upon your income many companies will even give you a free meter as obviously companies make money on the strips not the meters. I know our local hospital gives out free meters and Diabetic classes which are held twice a month. Perhaps you could call your local hospital and see if they can give you some advice.

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Re: Testing Strips

I have a freedom meter but the strips are almost a dollar a piece. I am no longer working because of multiple health issues, however they go on household income and my husband works. I haven't been able to keep up with all of the diabetes things I need because of the expense of the strips. I don't know what I am supposed to know about it and I am starting to get a little scared I have an insatiable thirst and other symptoms that are related to diabetes. I appreciate the help I am going to call my insurance and I am going to talk to my PCP tomorrow, I need a new endo. Thank you all for advice.

 
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Re: Testing Strips

I was using the Freestyle Lite meter but the test strips were around $1 each. My insurance company won't pay anything towards them up front. I had to pay, then send in paperwork and they would reimburse me some, but not much. I get the Diabetic magazine, and in one of their issues not too long ago they had a list of all the different meters and the cost and the cost of the test strips too. Wal-Mart's brand of meter and strips, ReliOn, are very inexpensive. I bought a new test meter for $9, and the strips are 50 for $20. I don't mind testing often like I'm supposed to, since the strips are so inexpensive.

 
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