test supplies

By kmartin Latest Reply 2011-11-16 10:14:27 -0600
Started 2011-05-05 08:33:48 -0500

I am new here and was wondering if anyone had a place where I can free test strips or a meter? Thanks for the info. I am a newly diagnoised diabetic and would like some resources or tips. Thank You

7 replies

chopi 2011-05-05 14:22:29 -0500 Report

Try your local hospitals or medical centers. Most of them get donations or grants to help people that can't afford thier supplies. Luckily I qualified at my local hospital for assistance. I get free test strips and help with my doctors visits. They also cover all my appointments with the diabetes specialist. I know it can be very expensive. If you need Metformin walmart sells 3month supplies for $10 and if you have a Price Chopper grocery store near you they give it to you for free. One more thing if you need any other meds, I take Cymbolta for my neuropathy and I also was able to get it free though Lilly pharmaceutical by filling out a shot form I downloaded off thier web sight and mailing it in.
Hope this info helps you and others out there.

realsis77 2011-05-05 11:34:45 -0500 Report

Hi. Usually when you get a free meter they send out ten free strips but that's all. The strips can get expensive so if you don't have insurance find the least expensive strips like wallmart and the meter usually is also only about ten dollars! My heart goes out to you because it must be very difficult without insurance! Have you tried going to human services to see if you you can qualify for insurance through them? Also maybe the health department can direct you to a program that can help? Id call or visit and see if these places can help you. They know of many programs to help uninsured people. I wish you the best! Welcome to DC!

jayabee52 2011-05-05 10:58:42 -0500 Report

Another question is do you have medical insurance. I suspect not since you're asking for free meters. But if, perchance you do, then ask your insurance company which meter they will support with strips. Usually you have a copay but it's better than paying full price.

If no insurance, I believe it to be better buying an inexpensive meter like the Reli-on meter usually around $10 at Wal-Mart as Alan suggested too. The strips for that are less expensive, and If you are new to diabetes, you'll need to test often to get an idea of what food or drinks do to YOUR body. Diabaetes is a highly individualized condition. As what may affect my Blood Glucose levels. may not affect yours, and vice-versa.

Welcome to DC Kmartin! Blessings to you and yours!


tommy123400 2011-05-05 09:49:59 -0500 Report

I don't know where you live but if you are a military veteran, you can get everything there for free. If not,check with your county health dept. There are resourses that are free or reduced. By the way, welcome to DC. A lot of great people here.

arsmithsr 2011-11-16 10:14:27 -0600 Report

Not quite true here. If you are a service connected disabled Vet then you can get your medicine for an 8 dollar co pay unless you have no money or over 30 or 40 percent. They will not give you test strips or meter unless you are on something like Glipiside. Metformin doesn't count. And even with Glipiside you can only get enough strips to test every three or four days not even once a day. The only way they will give you strips to test on a daily basis is if you are on Insulin. I am a service connected disabled Vet I have a 10 percent rating and the only way I get any strips is the Glipiside which he gave me so I could get some strips.

alanbossman 2011-05-05 09:00:29 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to DC. You can contact all the meter companys and they will send you a meter with about 10 strips. The strips are very expensive. You can buy a cheap meter at walmarts for around 10 dollars and the strips are alot less money then the bigger companys

kittenpurr1 2011-05-05 17:48:47 -0500 Report

I got 2 free meters from my provides office. Also, Abbout.com will send you a free meter with strips. It's a small meter, and some people prefer small, having a lot to carry around is a hassle. Accu-Check lots of times is on sale at some Walgreens, you buy it, and get the rebate, register it, and get a card for strips that cost $15.00

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