Testing meters

Big dadda
By Big dadda Latest Reply 2011-05-29 00:40:48 -0500
Started 2011-05-28 08:57:59 -0500

Why is it that some meters are covered by insurance company's and others are not? The meter that I like and doesn't hurt to much isn't covered, but one that tears my skin and hurts is covered.

7 replies

jayabee52 2011-05-29 00:40:48 -0500 Report

I don't think it is the meter itself which tears your skin and hurts, I suspect it's the lancet pen.

In a recent post to a discussion Kdroberts said this on May 19 2011 as part of a larger reply: "The accu-chek multiclix and the OneTouch delica are the two best lancing devices on the market. I favor the multiclix but the celica is smaller." see:
http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/10... for the whole reply and discussion,

I have seen many different styles of lancet pens for sale by themselves in drug stores, so you don't need to stay with the one which comes with the meter.

As I was typing this it also struck me, How long has it been since you've put a new lancet in your pen? The lancet needle can get dull, and tear the skin a bit. I've had that problem when I forgot to change the lancet regularly. I actually saw what looked like a little hook was where the point should be. That'd tear anybody's skin up. Pain and skin tears corrected when I changed lancet tips regularly.

So if you have lancet tips for your pen you might want to try that before you buy some other lancet pen. Also, you said you liked your previous meter set. Is there any reason why you can't use that lancet pen with your current meter?

Blessings to you and yours, Big D!


cheetah1976 2011-05-28 15:44:17 -0500 Report

I had same problem. My new insurance company won't cover the meter strips becasue it isn't thier preferred meter. They also won't cover vitoza. It was actually finally helping bring my sugar levels down.

realsis77 2011-05-28 14:54:39 -0500 Report

Hi I wish I had the answer to this question. The generic meter my insurance company covers is called the element meter and it really hurts when I pric my finger too! It actually hurts way worse than the insulin I have to take daily! On the bright side my strips are covered so I just stay with what's covered! I'm on medicare so I guess I'm lucky I get anything covered at all. But it sure would be nice to use something that didn't hurt! It stinks but I can't afford to buy the strips on my own. So I just continue with painful fingers!…the strips can be very expensive depending on the meters that's where the meter company's really get us! Well, take care and God Bless!

Harlen 2011-05-28 12:06:46 -0500 Report

They get a deal on them and the strips
If they only buy one or two typs they get them for you deduckable or copay.
All for the buck
Best wishes

RAYT721 2011-05-28 11:10:13 -0500 Report

I wondered the same thing. I assume, as mentioned, that the insurance company gets "kick backs" from certain brands/manufacturers. I didn't even mess with my insurance company because they seem to want to tell me how often to test so I get my strips from a mail order place where I got 200 strips and a free meter for like $50, which lets me test as much as I want for less than 2 copays that would be $30 each if I ran through insurance. I'm not sure how many strips each co pay would cover but if I want to test 100 times a day I can at a cost of .25 per strip. I believe my cash price is cheaper than the insurance "covered" brands. You can check the pricing for your meter/strips at www.americandiabeteswholesale.com and do the math on what works best for you.

majikinfl 2011-05-28 10:45:02 -0500 Report

I was told its because insurance companies have "company" affiliations where they get things at a discounted rate, same with drugs they get kick backs for promoting certain drugs. I have 3 meters and my new insurance accepts none of them. I will be sent a "generic" brand and strips take it or leave it and PAY for my own strips. Retired on disability makes that unlikely. Not only that they make you get your meter and strips from their mail order pharmacy. My father was always 1-4 days without meds because the mail was slow…the company did not plan ahead for Christmas or Monday holidays. I think its all a racket. I am frightened to have to start with an unknown meter and like another stated requiring more blood, maybe not work correctly. I am frighten enough without having to worry over getting medications on time and whether or not my meter works or is accurate.

granniesophie 2011-05-28 10:13:11 -0500 Report

I think it's more like they cover the cost of the test strips, and they will cover whatever is cheapest for them. The meters themselves are like $10, it's those dang strips that cost so much! Some strips are above $1.00 per strip. Since they aren't interchangable, its whatever meter will use the strips the insurance company will cover, never mind if the meter hurts, doesn't hurt, is huge to carry around, etc!