Low or no cost testing supplies

By SamofWilmot Latest Reply 2012-04-19 16:14:02 -0500
Started 2012-04-18 13:46:07 -0500

This is a something that is a very concern of mine - the cost of testing supplies.
I've been unemployed for 26 months and thusly have no health insurance.
Thankfully, through programs run by the drug companies I'm able to get all my meds at low or no cost. However - this does not apply to my diabetic testing supplies. All the companies I've contacted tell me they have no such programs for these supplies, even if they (Abbott, for example) do have programs for their regular meds.
I test 6 to 8 times a day (doctors orders) and that runs almost $250.00 per month just for text strips. Does anyone know of any companies out there that offer plans?

2 replies

ShellyLargent 2012-04-19 11:57:54 -0500 Report

I believe Freestyle has a plan that you can join to receive test strips at low cost and they will also send you a free meter. I'm not sure of the details for the plan, but they have all the info on their website. I use a ReliOn Confirm meter from Walmart. Mainly because I can get the strips for $8 for 25. I believe that the Freestyle plan gives you 25 strips for $10 or $15. Hope this helps! Good luck!

ShellyLargent 2012-04-19 16:14:02 -0500 Report

Also forgot to add that if you're on insulin, ReliOn also makes a "generic" insulin. Bottles are $20 - $25 each, full price. I use both their NpH and R insulins. Never had any issues or reactions. Walmart's prescription plan is pretty good too. 30-day supply of meds for $4 and a 90-day supply for $9. I know they have some diabetic meds on their approved list. I get me Lisinopril and Pravastatin through them and they are $4 each. Here's a link to their eligible meds for their $4 plan: http://i.walmartimages.com/i/if/hmp/fusion/cu...