Free glucose meter?

By angiesingo Latest Reply 2012-02-22 08:36:47 -0600
Started 2012-02-18 21:20:37 -0600

Hi, I'm recently diagnosed Type 2. My insurance will not pay for a meter. I've tried getting free meters and I still dont have one. Any help would be appreciated.

Second, I have NO CLUE on what I'm supposed to be doing or shall I say eating. I exercise about 3 days a week treadmill and a lil weight lifing. I've only lost 9 pounds in 2 months. I just feel so deprived. I've had so many cucumbers I feel like I'm going to turn into one. Sorry to complain. Thanks

29 replies

sunshine1234 2012-02-22 08:36:47 -0600 Report

I have went online and received a free one touch meter for several of my family members in the past. They have changed it a little but you can get one.

DeanaG 2012-02-20 01:15:46 -0600 Report

Freestyle will send you a free meter and you can also sign up for their savings program for the strips.

eristar 2012-02-20 05:51:36 -0600 Report

I use the Freestyle program now and save a bundle on the strips - my copay went from 50 dollars a box to 15.

DeanaG 2012-02-20 07:43:21 -0600 Report

Same here!! They are extremely helpful also.
One month the pharmacy told me my card had expired, I pointed out on the back of the card "No Expiration Date", but they said that is what their computer was saying. I called Freestyle and they sent me a rebate form and then promptly sent me a refund check for $35.00.

dhopfer 2012-02-19 21:58:34 -0600 Report

Hi Yall. Dont know if this will help but when I was diagnosed 4 months ago I got out of the hospital and went to CVS to fill my prescriptions and they gave me a meter for 1penny. Its a truetest by CVS but it works great. No coding!! Good luck!!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-19 19:28:43 -0600 Report

That is strange, as insurance companies usually pay for the meter in full, or you have to pay your co-pay for one.In which case, depending on the co-pay you may be able to buy one cheaper. The test strips are the expensive part. Drug stores have their brands and you can get them for less then $10.00 and strips for less then $15.00. Go online to the stores in your area and check them out. You may need your dr office to call your carrier to get it covered.

I'm also confused that you were not sent to a diabetic class and a nutritionist. Did the dr not even give you any reading material? Did he put you on medicine or just tell you to diet and exercise? You may want to find a dr that treats diabetics and if your insurance covers it an endocrinologist as they specialize in diabetes and can get you set up. Also, call the ADA in your area and they will mail you pamphlets and help you.

Watch the videos on this site as they are great and will help you out.
Good luck.

diabetesfree 2012-02-19 18:17:03 -0600 Report

Just out of curiousity, does your insurance cover test strips? The strips are generally much more expensive than the actual meter.

angiesingo 2012-02-19 19:23:42 -0600 Report

I didnt even see if the strips were covered since the meter wasnt.

diabetesfree 2012-02-19 23:42:52 -0600 Report

The strips definitely cost you way more in the long run. I'd rather pay $10 for a meter and get my test strips for $.25 than get a free meter and pay over $1.00 per strip. The companies that give the free meters away are usually the ones with the most expensive test strips.

jayabee52 2012-02-19 19:27:48 -0600 Report

yes over time the stips can really add up. See if the ins. co. recommends a partiicular brand of meter.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-19 16:11:18 -0600 Report

I got a free meter with everything at a diabetes health fair. I bought one at
Wal-Mart for $17.00. You can get free ones if you have health insurance.

As for what to eat, if you have health insurance, as your doctor to schedule you to talk to a dietitian/nutrionist to help you with a meal plan. You can also go to Rite-Aid and ask for a free diabetes kit. Sign up for diabetic life at they have on line meal planning. You can even google diabetic diets and meal plans and get all kinds of information that will help you.

icefog 2012-02-19 15:58:57 -0600 Report

i have never paid for a meter. the last one i got from free style lite. the companies send you free meters. but be advised the cost of the test strips varies with the type of meter. I use to have a One Touch Ultrasmart but the test strips were expensive so i now use the free style lite meter and the test strips are much cheaper.

Irish1951 2012-02-19 12:07:28 -0600 Report

One the best resources you may have is your local pharmacist. With your Dr.s script, they can research the various makers and may even have coupons available to reduce the costs. Many of the makers have programs that reduce the cosy of the meters and strips and the pharmacists have access to that information.

angiesingo 2012-02-19 12:56:54 -0600 Report

I checked with the pharmacist she couldnt do anything. If all else fails I can get one on ebay. Thanks

wnd 2012-02-19 17:25:46 -0600 Report

Where are you from? The States or out of the country ?
Sorry just can't imagine , not being able to get a meter and test strips if you have any kind of insurance ,Call the insurance company and speak to a supervisor in the claims deptor change the carrier you have ,You can't really belive that getting one on ebay is safe!

jayabee52 2012-02-19 17:43:50 -0600 Report

howdy WND! what wiould be unsafe about getting a meter on ebay? If it is a known brand name meter it should present no problem.

wnd 2012-02-19 18:47:03 -0600 Report

Well first thing to come to mind is the fact that placed into the meter is the test strip,followed by the drop of blood.That is scary not knowing if it has been used or not!

jayabee52 2012-02-19 19:23:24 -0600 Report

if you change out the lancet on the lancet pen and so avoid infecting yourself from someone else's blood, and you use a fresh strip from an unopened vial, I doubt you'd get infected that way. As Red flower noted below it is a chance one takes even in a brick and mortar retail store.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-19 19:15:14 -0600 Report

If the description says still in the package, etc and when you get it, if it looks used which you would know if you turn it on, then you can send it back. This is the same chance you take when buying in a store. A person buys it, tries it and takes it back for a refund. Most sales people don't check the products returned to the shelf. As with all purchases you have to check it out.

Bobby C,PED
Bobby C,PED 2012-02-19 01:55:56 -0600 Report

Your physician should have sent you to see a diabetes educator when you were diagnosed. Most major hospitals have a diabetes education department and that should be covered by your insurance.

camerashy 2012-02-19 01:45:20 -0600 Report

Is the doctor you are seeing an endocrinologist? If not, he or she may not know much about diabetes. I know that my GP doesn't. If you get a prescription for testing supplies, your insurance will pay part. Calling the American Diabetes Association will probably get you the information you need to find an endo in your area.

jayabee52 2012-02-19 00:41:31 -0600 Report

Howdy Angie WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Has your Dr officially diagnosed (Dx'd) you with type 2 diabetes or do you have what some call "prediabetes"? Ins. Cos. usually will even provide you a meter and strips for that meter. If you haven't done so, ask Dr to write you a prescription (Rx) for a meter and for enough strips to test your Blood Glucose (BG) at least 3 times per day for a month.

If Dr refuses to write the Rx I would wonder if he really wants you to get your BG inder control or get worse and eventually get complications. If Dr does not do this, I would start looking for a new Dr who will take you and your diabetes seriously!

Another question just occurred to me. Does Dr have you on a Rx med like metformin? (Met is usually the first go-to med for diabetes or pre diabetes).

To speak to your 2nd point, losing lbs may not be an accurate measure of the loss of fat. With the exercise you may be putting on muscle and taking off fat. If that is happening you may find your clothes fitting looser even though you aren't losing much in the way of lbs, as inch for inch muscle weighs more than fat.

As far as your eating choices avoid the "white" foods, white bread, white pasta, white potatoes, white rice. (White cauliflower is OK) because they contain so called "simple carbohydrates" (carbs), as opposed to complex carbs. I also avoid all starchy vegetables like corn and peas and white potatoes. Again these are simple carbs and raise your BG rather quickly. Eat instead vegetables like beans, green and those which are normally dry like pintos, great white beans, navy beans ect.

With a bit of thought one can eat most anything as a person with Diabetes (PWD) Some things you have to limit the amount you consume before it raises your BG too high thait is not satisfying, or worth it to most. But with some thought and medication you can eat a fairly normal meal plan.
blessings to you and yours!


angiesingo 2012-02-19 05:58:28 -0600 Report

Thanks everyone! Yes my Dr gave me an RX for a meter and the insurance will not cover it at all. It is $75. And he also put me on glymeperide as well. And made me PROMISE to take it. I hate taking pills. He is a very good Dr and he was very serious about me getting this under control.

And all the "white" foods that you mentioned are the foods I love. But I guess moderation will be the key.

Again, thank you

jayabee52 2012-02-19 17:36:34 -0600 Report

Angie, perhaps it is the cost of the meter which the Ins Co will not cover. Talk to the ins co and see what meters they recommend. Usually ins cos have deals with meter manufacturers where they get the meters free or at reduced cost if the ins co pays for the stips for the meter.

I have had diabetes for 16+ years now. Just this past year I tried an experement to control my Blood Glucose (BG) levels without the use of any diabetes meds. With this experement I have kept my BG level at or close to the "normal" range. My latest A1c is 5.5, and over the past year I have lost 65 lbs. I do eat a radical meal plan which is extremely low carb. I would be willing to share it with you should you be interested.

angiesingo 2012-02-19 17:52:17 -0600 Report

Hi, yes I am very interested in your meal plan. I will call the insurance tomorrow and see what they say. I looked on ebay and they do have them on there as well. Thanks

jayabee52 2012-02-19 17:58:50 -0600 Report

I am following you Angie, if you follow me back we become friends and can email one another (don't want to clutter this site and discussion with repeats of my meal plan) So follow me back and I'll send it along momentarily.

LadyJacquelyn 2012-02-19 13:58:01 -0600 Report

Walmarts has a metor for 9.99. That's the one I use. if you are on insulin 70/30 you can get it at WalMarts for 25.00…if you are on Metforman, ir's 4.00. Your dr. should have a ton of free metors…my does…I got my metor at the hospital…When I left…