Gernic Meters VS. Name Brand Meters

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-03-18 11:12:17 -0500
Started 2011-03-17 22:46:37 -0500

Tell me everyone why do we have so many different kind of meter that do the same thing or so many different companies that make the same meter under a different name. Is this about money? I is hard to choose a metter when you have so many to choose from and everyone is saying theirs is the best.

Thank You

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realsis77 2011-03-18 11:12:17 -0500 Report

Hi. I personally use the meter and strips that my insurance company will cover. There are many meters that do much more! Some even have special software built into them and can plug into your computer and do many cool things! Not all are the same! Its a matter of personal need and preferance. If I had the freedom to choose any meter id choose the one with the software. But I can't afford the strips so I'm stuck with a "generic" meter and strips. Different meters do have different functions. Its really more about the COST OF STRIPS then about the meter! Many many companies GIVE away nice meters! Even the one with the software built into it but its affording the strips to go with the meter, that's the issue!! This is why there are so many give aways. They DON'T make money on meters! They DO make money on the strips! So even though many people can get almost any meter they want free from the company , its all about paying for the strips! That is where the expense comes in! So as I said people like me who rely on insurance to pay for strips are forced to continue to use only what is covered. I actually don't have any complaints about my meter. It does the job and even has some extra freatures built in! My strips are covered and I'm very greatful for that! I thank God I have an insurance who covers my strips! Many people don't have that luxeruy! So if your wondering where the money is made on the meters, its all made from the strips!

kdroberts 2011-03-18 08:13:36 -0500 Report

The generic meters usually have basic function and are sold exclusively by a store to make the store money and bring people in. The main issue is they are not usually covered under insurance while the big names are. Most people have a pretty easy time in selecting a meter since they have to look at cost, features and availability. If they are going through insurance then that narrows it down a lot, then you look at the features you want and what you can get hold of.

GabbyPA 2011-03-18 05:40:37 -0500 Report

I kind of look at it like buying a car. Do you want leather interior with GPS and XM Radio or do you want something to get you where you need to go reliably?

I have not come across any that are particularly BAD to use. There are many differences in features and such. Here are some product reviews on different meters. You can see what other members us or recommend.

I have had the fancy ones, the basic ones and they all seem to work. It's just a mater of what you need. For me, I just need one that checks my levels. I keep track online or in my log book, so I don't care if it downloads info. I also needed an inexpensive one when it comes to strips. That is where the real price difference comes in. I am currently using Reli-on mini and really like it. The meter was $9 and the strips are $18 for 50 (at Sams Club Store) But I used True Read meters for years and have experimented with the Accucheck and Bayer contour.

jayabee52 2011-03-18 03:26:57 -0500 Report

Howdy Annonymous

I am not in the meter manufacturing business, so I don't know the answer to your questions. I do have my opinions & suspicions about meters. I do think it is all about money. There are different bells and whistles for different meters.

Actually to select a meter decide what you want it to do.

Do you want it to read your Blood Glucose numbers ("BG#s") and then download the readings into your computer using a USB connection so it will automate your BG logging? Or do you want a no nonsense, no frills meter, which has inexpensive strips so it costs less to run?

So decide what's important to you and then choose from the ones which do what you want.

That being said if you have medical insurance the whole point may be moot, because sometimes the insurance company will only pay for a particular brand or model of meter and the strips which go with it.

Blessings to you and yours!


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