Offers for Free Monitors, etc.

GeorgiaYankee
By GeorgiaYankee Latest Reply 2011-06-14 15:15:26 -0500
Started 2011-06-12 09:49:24 -0500

I got an email today that said I may qualify for a free One Touch Ultra Mini meter and asked for a bunch of information related to my diabetes. The offer was, I think, from LifeScan, and came through Diabetic Connect, so I trusted it and filled it out.

Most of the offers I see for free medical equipment and supplies are aimed at Medicare recipients, but this particular offer made no such restriction, and when my response to the "De you have Medicare" question was "No," it went on to ask what insurance I did have.

After having competed and submitted the form, a couple of things in particular bothered me:

1. At one point, the offer said that if I qualified, I'd be sent an email with the coupon for the meter; however, it also asked for my mail address to send the meter to. This leads me to doubt their competence.

2. How ethical is it for this or any other company to require all this information to see if I meet a qualification they don't identify?


16 replies

Narg
Narg 2011-06-13 22:46:49 -0500 Report

My last free meter I got directly from my Doctor. I said I was tired of the One Touch brand because of the large amount of blood needed in comparison to others on the market right now. He said "which one would you like to try?" and brought in a handful of different brands he recieves from Drug Reps. Fortunately for the one I choose, my insurance covers the strips mostly and the meter's company provides additional discount with a card (run just like a perscription card) or they'd be dang expensive! I just like that I use about 1/10th of the blood I used to.

There are SO many ways to get a free meter. Call your local ADA chapter for a start, then your doctor, also your insurance as most also provide free meter programs. Last, call the meter company directly and ask them.

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-06-13 15:56:08 -0500 Report

I get the same emails and i fill it all out and i received the meters by mail,you get a meter& 10 strips the whole idea is to let you try it and hope that you'll like it and so you'll buy the expensive strips.

Infinity1956
Infinity1956 2011-06-13 15:41:53 -0500 Report

Hi John! Many siteswill offer free meter and 10 strips but the thing is what will happen when the surpplies run out and no money availble?

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2011-06-13 15:20:53 -0500 Report

These are all fair questions.

I'll do my best to answer these. First of all, the shift to emailing out a coupon for a free meter is a fairly recent change. So the field asking for the address is a carryover from when the meter was actually mailed out. We'll work on getting that corrected.

Second, in order to run these programs for manufacturers like Lifescan and Bayer, we have to agree not to publish the criteria for qualification. This is simply because too many people are not honest and if they know the qualifications, they simply change their answers and lie to get the free meter. (Not saying that you'd do that, but it has proven to be sadly true.)

I hope that sheds a little light on things. We really do work hard to try to bring offers to our members to help them manage their diabetes.

Let me know if you have additional questions.

John

GeorgiaYankee
GeorgiaYankee 2011-06-13 18:49:44 -0500 Report

Thanks. The answer on the coupons makes good sense, but one would think that if they figured out a way to save thousands of dollars in postage, they could have spent another five minutes checking over their online form - they added the blurb about the coupon and that was it!

Also, as I mentioned, I haven't gotten a response one way or another.

Thanks.

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2011-06-13 07:56:16 -0500 Report

Yep, that's how I got my free Bayer Contour meter. Got a postcard in the mail with the offer and took it! So now I have one for home and one for my purse! Gotta love free stuff! Free good stuff that is!

GeorgiaYankee
GeorgiaYankee 2011-06-13 08:49:20 -0500 Report

Oh, I've got no problem with free stuff. What bothers me is that instead of telling what the qualifications are, this outfit requested a bunch of information and then basically said "we'll let you know if you qualify," and meantime, they've got all this information about me. I've still heard nothing from them one way or another, by the way - not even the courtesy of "well, sorry, you don't qualify, but hey, thanks for the information!"

I'm curious, by the way - of the folks who got free meters, how many weren't on Medicare?

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-06-13 16:04:09 -0500 Report

I don't Have medicare , I don't have any insurance and I have gotten meters from every company and I don't know how many I have gotten.I have no problem with free stuff I get free stuff in the mail all of the time like shampoo,diabetic cookbooks and other stuff.

Infinity1956
Infinity1956 2011-06-13 15:43:35 -0500 Report

I wasn't just took a chance and got the meters but I would not give them correct information because just like you , I want to know what they do with information?

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-06-12 21:23:17 -0500 Report

Hi,
I just did this got it this past week I only give my name, address, and e-mail and I still received the coupon took to my DR. he wrote a prescription. Went to the pharmacy and got a meter totally free.

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-12 11:02:37 -0500 Report

I got the same thing but did not fill it out!

GeorgiaYankee
GeorgiaYankee 2011-06-12 11:09:15 -0500 Report

Maybe that was the better approach, but I saw that it was sponsored by this siite, and so I trusted it.

dmax32
dmax32 2011-06-12 11:25:50 -0500 Report

I know other people have said that there was an offer to get a free One Touch Ultra Mini… The one I got didn't ask my to fill anything out just said to bring the print out of the email to my doctor for a script for the test strips and the coupon to the pharmacy to receive my free meter! But, I like my current meter so I didn't bother and had my doctor write me a script for more test strips on this meter!

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