Discounted Test Strips Survey

John Crowley
By John CrowleyCA Latest Reply 2008-07-30 03:19:56 -0500
Started 2008-05-09 06:46:19 -0500

Our company president has been meeting with some diabetes supply companies. He is trying to work out a deal where we could provide the community with a 20% discount off the retail price of test strips.

Here's the survey part. How many of you would want to take advantage of such an offer? Or do you already get a better deal than that through your insurance?

55 replies

LoriJ 2008-07-28 09:28:13 -0500 Report

I get my supplies from CDS Certified Diabetic Supplies, & medicare covers most of the cost. They also cover the rest because of "hardship' for me. I know I went without for a while because I just couldn't afford them & 20% helps.

Jrwolfks 2008-07-28 08:30:00 -0500 Report

How many of you would want to take advantage of such an

Even wirth our insurance we still pay $30.00 for test strips and 28 for lancets.

We have to meet a $2000 deductible before they start paying full price.

This averages us with supplies and meds 210.00 a month.

patti 2008-07-27 06:55:37 -0500 Report

Hi John, This is a great idea I have insurance that covers all of my meds and testings strips but I have found on people are giving away extra supplies(due to ins changes) but it is a good resource also. Several friends have found some of their supplies there.

BobMWade 2008-07-28 05:28:14 -0500 Report

That would be great, I don't have insurance either, and not because I haven't tried to get it. I would be very interested in purchasing all diabetic supplies.

signman1202 2008-07-25 23:26:18 -0500 Report

I have a meter from Abbott, the Freestyle Lite. They have a Promise Program that will take about 60% off the cost of strips.Example: 50 strips are about $55.00. With the progam they offer I pay $15.00. It is simple to use and most pharmacies will accept the card. It comes with your meter and is easy to activate. It has saved me alot of money since I have no insurance.

JoJoCooks 2008-07-26 02:34:55 -0500 Report

I have the same meter but don't remember seeing the card enclose??? I would love to get them for $15.00. Maybe I will call the abbott people and see if I can get the same deal. Thanks so much for sharing and have a great weekend.


tmana 2008-07-27 06:34:44 -0500 Report

Call Abbott at 1-866-246-2683 and ask about the Freestyle Promise program, or go to

Rita 2008-07-28 01:10:41 -0500 Report

Can you tell me the Freestyle Promise program only for people who have medicare, or other kind of insurance? I would like to apply for this program but i have no insurance. It would be really helpful for me. Thanks Rita

tmana 2008-07-28 02:17:20 -0500 Report

From what I can tell, the co-pay assistance portion Freestyle Promise program is designed for people with private health insurance, whose insurance does not completely cover the cost of strips. Call them to verify whether or not that portion of the program will help you.

Note that the co-pay assistance is only a small portion of the Freestyle Promise program, and it may be worth it for you to join even if you don't qualify for co-pay assistance.

JoJoCooks 2008-07-28 04:31:54 -0500 Report

I called and became a member of this program..I am glad that they will reimburse me some of the co pay that I currently pay. I am so glad for this service…thanks for the link…I really appreicate it!!


Rita 2008-07-30 03:19:56 -0500 Report

Hello there, i called the Promise program this morning and i signed up! They offer this service for everybody with or without insurance coverage. I'm glad to have the courage to call because i have no insurance, but it worked out great. Thanks for letting us know about the Freestyle Promise Program!

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-07-02 05:48:47 -0500 Report

So, I'm probably a little late adding this to this discussion. But we have been able to finalize the deal referenced in the original discussion.

We partnered with Overstock Drugstore. You can access their site (which includes a $5 discount for your first purchase) by clicking on the Shopping link in the left hand navigation under Diabetes Services.

We hope that these discounts help some of you get your supplies at savings. We know just how expensive it can be.

JoJoCooks 2008-07-02 06:38:11 -0500 Report

FANTASTIC John, thanks so much for your help with this. Great news!! Enjoy your 4th of July weekend.


bluecatc 2008-06-28 16:05:48 -0500 Report

Would like to know more about this ok.. I changed jobs and I will be without help for a while..

MarkH 2008-06-29 09:53:28 -0500 Report

I to am without insurance and the cost of test strips are as everyone agrees really too expensive. I have resorted to ebay to purchase my accucheck Aviva strips. I pay about half the price for them as I would pay at stores like Walmart
I have had no problems and really quick responses when ordering from here.

eflicek 2008-06-28 13:59:51 -0500 Report

That sure would be nice to pay less for testing strips. I've tried Diabetes Supply, they will only accept medicare, even though I was told I would not have to pay any out of pocket expenses, with my insurance. Are there any preferences to glucose meters?

stef 2008-06-25 18:16:16 -0500 Report

I am recently unemployed and carried the insurance for the family my husband is self employed and insurance is CRAZY!!! I would love any kind of discount on the strips.

GabbyPA 2008-06-21 02:16:11 -0500 Report

That would be fantastic. I am using my mom's extras now, but really need to be on my own stuff. No insurance here, so any savings is a great idea. Thanks for always taking care of us John.

gogobob 2008-06-09 10:11:15 -0500 Report

I use a company called American Diabeties Services, They treat me very well I had a breeze 2 meter and I hated it so I got a new Accu-chek Aviva. I had 6 boxes of test strips they sent me the right strips for my new meter and took the others back even paid for the shiping back to them. They accet my insurance and no cash from me since im on ssdi. They are a good company and the people you talk to are very nice. Bob

easytofind 2008-05-31 12:01:05 -0500 Report

I would buy a hundred strips. I don't have insurance now so any discount I can get would be of help to me. Ed

steadb 2008-05-31 12:44:37 -0500 Report

check out our shopping tab now. There should be some good deals on different diabetic products.


Patricia Bass
Patricia Bass 2008-05-21 06:19:35 -0500 Report

I also have no insurance. I have started using the Reli-On meter and strips from WalMart. These strips cost about $21 for 50 strips. They are as close to generic as I have found. They seem to do the job.

tarfie 2008-05-22 13:52:11 -0500 Report

I am on Medicare and order 3 months supply which they then bill me for the part not paid which is running about $60.00 I was using 3 strip/day. Is that about what other are paying?

emeraldeyes 2008-05-19 11:16:48 -0500 Report

To get test strips for 20% off would be great, I don't have any medical insurance yet, but @ one of the pharmacy's here in Twin Falls, ID you can get 50 test strips for $37.50. Now that is not too bad of a deal for 50 test strips.

tmana 2008-05-19 02:29:58 -0500 Report

Currently insurance covers 100% of all diabetes supplies, including test strips and lancets, no limit to the amount of strips the doctor can write for. It did not cover this in 2006 and most of 2007.

At that time, I ordered from online pharmacies. I think my usual is about 30% off retail if I order through an online pharmacy.

Nanny - 14070
Nanny - 14070 2008-05-19 02:06:19 -0500 Report

I am without insurance now, I have been waiting for disability for 26 months, with no end in site. NO INCOME, so I have found that drug companies will help me out with my insulin (and other meds) but test strips are not covered…therefore, I find myself not testing most of the time. Any help would be GREAT !!!!!

grmpy 2008-05-19 01:27:01 -0500 Report

Before I rec'd the State/county insurance, I had to pay for my strips. Now that I have that insurance, I pay $10.00 for a pack of 5 disc's(50 strips). The problem I have is that I test twice a day and that means I only have strips for 25 days: I have had to buy extra to tide me over; the good news is that my local pharmacy has a box of 10 disc's for $51.00 and that gives me a lot of extra for those times when I next to text extra.

dajudge 2008-05-19 01:14:54 -0500 Report

no tanks, i already get a better deal. but i think thats great news for others that have to pay out of pocket or don't have good ins..

Christine - 14521
Christine - 14521 2008-05-14 06:50:54 -0500 Report

This would be terrific! I do have insurance that gives me 3 boxes of strips for $25, but it would be helpful for those that can't afford it like my friend.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2008-05-12 07:20:28 -0500 Report

Wow, John, this would be HUGE.

Which brand of test strips are you talking about, however? You know they are proprietary, and many of us use different meters.

Thank you so much for looking into this great offer!!

tm1957 2008-05-11 16:26:38 -0500 Report

I have insurance and have to pay a co-pay but I am pretty sure it is cheaper than that. This is exciting news for people who don't have ins.

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-05-10 23:27:59 -0500 Report

I would use it, even though my insurance is pretty good. It always seems that, no matter how many strips I get prescribed for each 90 day cycle, I'm always running out and buying on eBay (usually a 40% discount off retail) to fill in the gap until my next order arrives.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-05-12 02:20:43 -0500 Report

Two thoughts for you, Jonathan.

First, that's just not right that you're running out of test strips. Our healthcare team at our local diabetes clinic is so great about writing the prescriptions to make sure we always have enough and a little extra to account for the craziness of diabetes. Have you told your doctor that you are consistently running short? It seems like your insurance should pay for the supplies you are consistently using.

Second, I'll have to check out the ebay thing. Maybe we can use that as pressure to negotiate an even bigger discount for our members :-) Thanks for the tip.

grmpy 2008-05-19 01:40:08 -0500 Report

The insurance I have will only cover 50 at a time; I test twice a day so I would never have any for 5 days if I did not buy a box of extra for those days and the days that I need to text extra

Jonathan - 13553
Jonathan - 13553 2008-06-03 04:00:32 -0500 Report

I just keep increasing my test strip prescription. I'm now up to 1500 strips for 90 days. For some reason, it still is not enough. I don't know where they go.

eBay is good, but it seems that many of the sellers are reselling Medicare strips — the OneTouch strips are in drab gray boxes, not the more colorful blue ones. Makes me wonder whether somehow the government is being "cheated" by the sellers, but, if the government does not want to be treated, fix the health care system.

Dancehawk 2008-06-26 01:20:53 -0500 Report

My trouble is the ins company only covers a set amount 100 per month, so I either have to be extreamly careful and not test or i run out of strips.
it never fails they switch my meds or i get sick and i go through lows and need to test.
when they upped my byetta to 10 mg it sent me into the 70s and i had to fight to get to 80 it took them 2 weeks to put me back on 5 mg but i still burned my strips up i spoke to my doctor and tried fighting withthe ins.
I hope to reach the testing 3 times a week some day but till then it would be great to have a few more in the house.


BrookeT 2008-05-10 18:35:59 -0500 Report

I actually am covered by two insurance companies so I probably would not take advantage of this offer but I do like the idea for those without insurance.

Rita 2008-05-10 10:57:43 -0500 Report

Of course. Any help would be great, i have no insurance and the supply is very expensive.

Bren62W 2008-05-10 12:14:47 -0500 Report

That's a wonderful plan. My cost after insurance is $50 for 90 days. It would be even better if they would start making these in generics. I'm sure that anyone without insurance would be grateful for the help though. It's nice of your company to do this for the entire community.

Take care all,

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-05-10 16:42:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for your input. I'd really like to hear from all those in the community who don't have insurance or who have very limited insurance benefits. I'd love to be able to report back how many of our members this would benefit. Keep the replies coming :-)

Ms.Joyce 2008-05-13 15:45:22 -0500 Report

I would like to know the results of your survey. I find some differences between stores, and the internet prices are even higher.

olddude48 2008-05-21 21:44:11 -0500 Report

i dont have insurance,,,i pay out of pocket..i dont qualify for medicare until feb 09…i test 5 to 6 times a day…what can i do…r there any assistance for test strips?

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-05-09 14:43:32 -0500 Report

My insurance just put the One Touch Ultra test strips to tier 1 meaning $10 a box. But for those that don't have insurance it would be a great thing!

1Abilene 2008-05-09 06:48:45 -0500 Report

Since we don't have insurance and have to pay out of pocket any help would be greately appriciated

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-05-09 08:28:25 -0500 Report

I can only imagine how difficult that would be to deal with diabetes without insurance. I'm hopeful we can figure something out.

grmpy 2008-05-19 01:28:33 -0500 Report

Try getting a breeze 2(if you buy a pack of disc's there is a coupon for a free meter).

liveforlovedones 2008-06-03 03:04:30 -0500 Report

I agree, I also have no insurance and fly by the seat of my pants trying to just get by, which means trying to test only when I have too which doesn't work to well, I should be test min 4 times a day. I am now testing about twice a day. any discounts are a saver!