But time has taken all the pains away, Until now, I'm down to hurtin' , Once a day.

Thomas Shulin
By Thomas Shulin Latest Reply 2012-08-02 01:35:43 -0500
Started 2012-07-25 12:16:09 -0500

I have a lot of Medicare patients who only test once a day (because that is what the doctor prescribes; And we all know that is not enough testing. On top of that, some patients have their once a day results are above 200. I have been told Medicare will not pay for test strips more than once a day unless the patient is on insulin. My patients can not afford to buy them on their own. So my question is how do I get Medicare and/or their doctor to approve more testing without making the patient take insulin. Any advice would help.

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mystikfairy61 2012-07-31 22:05:23 -0500 Report

I am newly diagnosed and have no insurance and have done quite a bit of research. i have found several sites that either offer free or reduced cost supplies. Here are the sites.
http://www.xubex.com/FDK.aspx offers free meter and strips, online application or print and mail in
this site offers a free meter upon enrolling and discounted prices on strips (month supply) ranging from 29.99 for once a day testing to 94.99 for 9 times a day and all in between. Once you have signed up for this program they do automatic billing and shipping monthly. this is what is listed on what you get
What's Included with your 1st Month's Shipment of Test Strips:

1 Glucose Meter
1 Carrying Case
1 Lancing Device
1 Month Supply of Test Strips
Lancets (different amounts depending on how often testing is done)
1 Control Solution
FREE shipping

also if anyone needs a free diabetic necklace and ID card, you can order it online for $2.95 shipping or just send a stamped self addressed envelope, this is that site
Diabetes Research Wellness Foundation, they also have pocket blood sugar diaries and brochures.


I feel blessed that I found these sites and glad that I can share them with others that might need them as well.

Thomas Shulin
Thomas Shulin 2012-07-31 22:25:10 -0500 Report

My patients sadly to say still can't afford those offers. We even offer a free meter with test strips at 14.99 50ct. But my biggest annoyance is patients not wanting to test more often because the doctor doesn't tell them. And he can't according to Medicare unless they take insulin.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-25 21:23:55 -0500 Report

They have to talk tot he doctor and get him to prescribe more than once a day testing. I have a friend on Medicaid and can't afford test strips. Her doctor ordered her to test once a day and the result is she finds she needs to test more often. I advised her to take her log to the doctor so he can see her results on the days she tests more than once. He saw what was happening to her and ordered her to test 3 times a day. It took some doing but Medicaid now pays for additional test strips for her.

Nick1962 2012-07-25 14:41:21 -0500 Report

I would think getting the doctor to recommend more frequent testing would be the key. Maybe stress to them that frequent testing is necessary in determining AND MANAGING ones condition in order to prevent them from becoming insulin dependent. By recommending only testing once a day, they are basically providing no service or assistance to their diabetic patient and in fact may only be allowing their condition to worsen. Nasty tactic I know, but it has some truth to it.

Irish1951 2012-07-25 12:58:30 -0500 Report

Try contacting the drug/strip manufactures to see if there is a program to assist with people who can't afford them.

Unfortunately, the VA has a policy of limited supply also. There is our future - the new health care program will also be dictated by government bureaucrats.

SandyandMussy 2012-07-25 12:30:05 -0500 Report

Fix Medicare

Thomas Shulin
Thomas Shulin 2012-07-25 12:31:40 -0500 Report

I'll get right on that, Thanks Sandy.

jayabee52 2012-07-25 15:08:36 -0500 Report

Why fix Medicare, when the so called "Affordable Care Act" (AKA: Obamacare) comes fully into effect Medicare will go the way of the Do Do Bird.

Thomas Shulin
Thomas Shulin 2012-07-25 15:19:21 -0500 Report

I don't know enough about Obamacare to have a correct comment. What I do know is Medicare is already clustered up enough. Yet I guess I'm for Obamacare because I pay taxes, went to college, work for a good company but I still can't get health insurance. With our medical problems and pre-existing conditions it would cost my family $1,200 a month for a 5,000.00 deductable plan. So I'm stuck paying cash for everything.

IronOre 2012-08-02 01:35:43 -0500 Report

You certainly gave the right answer when you said "I don't know enough about Obamacare ".
I am a frustrated when I read about how Obamacare will help everybody, when nobody (including Obama) really knows for sure what is in the plan.

jayabee52 2012-07-25 16:22:27 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear you're in such a situation.

I also went to college and grad school, and paid in taxes when I wasn't disabled. And I agree that Medicare is clustered up enough because I am on it now.

However, I would rather stay with something I know and have than something that nobody knew what was in it when they voted on it. As with most things, it is said "the large print gives, but the small print takes away" and the ACA is so convoluted that it may not be the panacea that it is purported to be.