By 2011donnaann Latest Reply 2011-06-17 16:03:42 -0500
Started 2011-05-26 15:14:21 -0500

What kind of meter is everyone using? My insurance will cover Accucheck and One Touch Minis.

27 replies

MewElla 2011-06-17 16:03:42 -0500 Report

I use the Contour meter since I was diagnosed and have had no problems with it. It is easy, simple and accurate..just what I need.

TrueBeliever 2011-06-17 16:00:54 -0500 Report

I use OneTouch Ultra and I like it. I've used a couple of others though and haven't really noticed too much of a difference.

Topper4 2011-06-01 12:59:32 -0500 Report

I use FreeStyle Lite -but- I use the Accu-chek Mulitclix for pricking my finger. This multiclix is wonderful! My fingertips are not dry and sore. It was recommended to me by a friend who's daughter was diagnosed w/ T1 as a young teenager. She was agonizing over her daughter's fingertips (she has to monitor her blood several times a day - compared to my 1 time/day). My friend saw this at a diabetic conference and she highly recommends it to anyone that's diabetic, especially children. But hey, I'm no kid but sure do enjoy a less painful experience! Anything to make this condition easier, right? Back to the FreeStyle Lite - the test strips require so very little blood - I was able to adjust quickly and, happily, not too painfully. There's a FreeStyle Promise membership (free) that helps cut down on the cost of the meter & strips. My card came in the meter box. But I'm sure your pharmacy will know about it.
My best to you - God bless.

edvel54 2011-05-28 13:22:48 -0500 Report

I have a One Touch Ultra 2 as my main and a Free Style Lite as back up in my car.
I actually prefer the free style it does take less blood and it is quicker, I am almost out of test strips, I only had the ones that comes with it.
When I get test strips I get 3 months worth at a time they only cost me $15.

Tigereyze209 2011-05-28 10:21:50 -0500 Report

I got a Freestyle Freedom (not the lite) from the VA, and since they also buy me the strips, that is what I use.
The good news is, as far as I can tell, most of the well know brands of meters are pretty reliable, so it is more a matter of personal preferance, or simply what your providers are willing to pay for.
Many tend to remind others that it is more the overall trend of readings taken over time is more important than any one particular reading, except in the case where it shows that you are too high, or too low. (You take glucose, or eat something to bring the low numbers up, and I will sugest that you call your promary provider on what to do if your numbers are too high, as I don't want to be resposible for someone taking MY advice given in a general way, and they might over do it, and put themselves in a coma.)
Oh, it also helps if you make sure your testing sights are consistant t0o, as otherwise, your results will vary.. and render the meter less effective, and less accurate.

northerngal 2011-05-28 10:17:13 -0500 Report

The one touch ultra mini is nice. You can hide it in a pocket, or purse very easily. It also comes in several colors and they are pretty good about sending one to you. I have the Ping pump and corresponding meter, but also the mini for bike rides because it fits in the seat pack. Pump and mini are pink. They hold the color very well, mine is over 2yrs old.

tabby9146 2011-05-28 10:04:00 -0500 Report

One Touch ultra mini, that is what my doctor gave me 2 1/2 years ago and what my insurance pays for. My strips are only $30 every 3 months. I test once a day most of the time, some days I forget. But it is about 100 strips for that cost, not bad at all. When I was first diagnosed, I ws spending $30every month and a half or so,. checking to see how certain foods affected me.

AuntieM234 2011-05-27 17:03:39 -0500 Report

I use OneTouch Ultra by Lifescan. It is the only one I've used since I was diagnosed in 2000. One was initially provided to me by my health care provider, Kaiser Permanente, free of charge. Several years later, when I needed a new one, I contacted the company and they sent a replacement to me, free of charge, in 2005. They also sent a postage-paid envelope for me to return the old meter to them. My co-pay for about 400 testing strips is about 15.00. I don't have any complaints about OneTouch.

jayabee52 2011-05-28 04:10:13 -0500 Report

I had been with Kaiser for about 3 yrs in the SF bay area. I was really spoiled by the level of care.

Had to move away from it, and I miss it terriably! I use the one touch ultra also, for now still have 200 strips and then Who knows what meter humana will require me to use.

AuntieM234 2011-05-28 04:44:35 -0500 Report

Don't worry, though, I think one meter is about as good as the next one. As long as it gives an accurate reading, who cares what name it has on it, right?

jayabee52 2011-05-28 04:49:54 -0500 Report

OH I'm not worried. I also use for a backup meter a True Test from walgreens. As long as I can tell what my BG trends are doing, I'm good with it.

Type1Lou 2011-05-27 16:46:59 -0500 Report

I have been using the AccuChek Compact Plus meter. Although it's a bit larger than many now available, I like that the strips come in cartridges of 17 so you only load the meter with a new cartridge after 17 tests have been done. Since I test an average of 6 times a day, it's less of a hassle for me. Also, AccuChek has been wonderful in their support. They've replaced my meter at no charge when it begins to malfunction…I've been using the Compact model for over 5 years now and they don't last forever. I think I'm on my third or fourth one. I'm lucky because my insurance covers some of the test strip cost; I pay around $100 for a 90-day supply. I'm finding that the test strip cost is the most expensive part of my prescription costs.

AuntieM234 2011-05-28 04:47:25 -0500 Report

You are right, the strips are expensive. That's why some of the companies don't mind providing the meters at little or no cost. They make their money in the strips.

Gimpalong 2011-05-27 15:15:13 -0500 Report

I use the Breeze 2. I like it. The insurance pays for the test strip wheels, but I have to show that I meter at least four times a day. I take my journal to WalMarts, and they send the info to my insurance company, and then fill the RX. I like it, because I can test in places other than my fingers.

Beerlilly 2011-05-27 14:30:20 -0500 Report

I'm using the Bayer USB. I love it. It works great and you can bring it with you when you go to the doctors. It shows and tracks all of your glucose number for three months. Also you can add more notes to your numbers than what is on the meter.

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Bunny Cakes 2011-05-27 13:56:28 -0500 Report

I am using a TrueBalance currently because it was donated to me and I got a killer deal on strips through ebay. But when these run out I have a Relion Micro from walmart to get me through. I see no reason to pay through the nose for strips when I can get relion for $39 per 100 strips.

alanbossman 2011-05-27 11:16:48 -0500 Report

I did use the one touch mini but changed to Bayer usb I can download to my computer all my numbers up to 90 days of info.

Nyxks 2011-05-27 01:35:26 -0500 Report

I've got a the Freestyle Freedom and Freestyle Mini … never had any luck with One Touch or accucheck

MarkS 2011-05-26 21:50:45 -0500 Report

I have 4 meters that are all One Touch. Three are the mini One Touch and the other is an Ultra that sends the readings directly to my insulin pump. I've had good luck with the One Touch.

tweetydele 2011-05-26 23:26:07 -0500 Report

i just got a new one called embrace. dont take long to get ur readings and talks to u also u can test anywhere other than the fingers i relly do like it but i have medicare plus supplement.

bobec4 2011-05-26 19:18:55 -0500 Report

My main meter is the ReliOn Ultra. Personally I like that one better as the strips are cheaper and I have noticed the accuracy is in line with any of the others I have tried. I also have a freestyle freedom lite. that one works very well but the strips are very pricey.

DJackwon 2011-05-26 19:09:22 -0500 Report

I have the one touch mini, in blue, my favorite color. Apparently also the only one my insurence will conver :)

jayabee52 2011-05-26 18:54:11 -0500 Report

I have two. My main meter is One Touch Ultra. I also had purchased a True track meter from walgreens as a backup. I have a lot of strips left for the one-touch but I have changed insurance commpanies, so I don't know what I will eventually have to use.

Tigereyze209 2011-05-28 10:27:06 -0500 Report

just remember to keep an eye on the expiration dates on those strips.. once you open one, you gernaly have 90 days to use them or lose them. Not so sure about the shelf life on unopened containers, however, I am sure it is more a matter of, the older they are, the less accurate they become, but would technically, still work.

Harlen 2011-05-26 16:23:04 -0500 Report

I like my one touch but I love the Freestyle Lite
But the ins comp will only pay for one touch strips.
Best wishes

majikinfl 2011-05-26 16:20:15 -0500 Report

I have 3 meters Breeze 2, OneTouch mini in pink, and a brand new one from Abbott and I forget the name…freestyle maybe, but the strips are way expensive. I guess because its so new. I have insurance that kicks in June 1 but it will pay for none of the strips I have to use their generic meter and strips. For those who have no insurance like me this pharmacy has many supplies for very reasonable [Breeze 2 disks at Walmart $167 for 100 at this place $25.50 for 50 and FREE shipping til August]

Somoca 2011-05-26 15:33:57 -0500 Report

Since I do not have insurance at the moment, I use the Relion meter and strips. I love my one touch mini though, I have it in Green, blue and purple but the strips are just too expensive without insurance or a rich husband.

The minute my insurance does kick in from the new job, I am going back to it.