ask your doctor for a sample meter

By highlandcitygirl Latest Reply 2009-01-02 10:08:46 -0600
Started 2008-12-30 16:16:35 -0600

thought i would let those know who don't have a meter and the doctor is watching their numbers progress, that it is possible that the doctor has a sample meter and test strips they can give you! my doctor gave me mine and it is a very nice one!

15 replies

Anngelia 2009-01-02 09:49:53 -0600 Report

I have found that if you contact the manufacturer of the meter they will send you one for free. It's the strips that they make their money off of so they are more than willing to send the meter free of charge. All you have to do is ask. The doctor is usually the same way. They get them from the drug reps for free so they give them out if you ask.

Anonymous 2009-01-02 10:08:46 -0600 Report

My local pharmacy once a month does a Diabetes fair that if you take in an old meter they will give you a new one and one month supply of strips. Each month is a different comapany. You could chech your local pharmacies, not the chain ones like Walgreens or Cvs, some local one. You are allowed to go once a year. I get mine from One Touch. Anytime they come out with something new I get one. I joined the One Touch Gold program when I was diagnosed and they send me a meter, plus log books for a year and 30 lancets. It is great. I have alot of meters around the house.

kdroberts 2008-12-31 14:05:54 -0600 Report

Heck yeah you should ask. Ask for whatever you need, a meter, testing strips, drugs (brand name only), needles, insulin, syringes, whatever. They get so much stuff from reps that if you don't ask for it it will either get thrown away or given to somebody else. There is never a shortage of "sample only" stuff.

2008-12-31 14:12:41 -0600 Report

I was without insurance for two years and everything was paid for out of pocket. Except, of course, for the samples the dr gave me. And, believe me, I asked for them. I still do, even though I now have insurance. The cost of medicine and supplies is outragous. I was also able to get free supplies from some of the drug companies, so don't hesitate to ask. I used to feel funny about doing so, but I don't anymore. With my finances the way they are now, I definately need the help. So do alot of other people!!!

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-31 14:41:31 -0600 Report

I'm on Medicare (ouch!) and have a drug plan as well as supplemental coverage. Because of the way the Part D coverage is, I fall into the "gap", or "doughnut hole", a little over half way through the year. This means I have to absorb 100% of my drug costs for the remainder of the year. Again, OUCH! My doctor has been wonderful in giving me any samples she can give me to help through that last half of the year. This is something most doctors are very willing to do. Be sure to check with yours.

2008-12-31 14:48:43 -0600 Report

I am also on Medicaid and I also have a Part D prescription plan from MedCo You might try checking them out. Go to and see if you can find out something. My prescriptions are really cheap, most $2.50 to $5.50. There are one or two that I have to pay full price for, which is about $25.00, but that isn't much considering what I would have to pay if I were paying full price for all my meds or not getting samples. (I take one medication that I would be paying $400 brand and $275 generic if it weren't for this plan). Thanks for your message though. I appreciate all the replies. This site has been a big help to me in getting information, ideas, and suggestions from others who have been and are going thru the same thing that I am. I just hope that I have been some help to others. MaryS

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-30 21:37:23 -0600 Report

Once dr. said I needed to test again, I just got a perscription from him took it to the pharmacy and got a new meter, first one was self coding, it did not work well at all, took it back got the one touch, am very happy with it. my medical paid for 3 months of strips, then I will have to pay for awhile. All meters are free, wish the strips were as well.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-30 21:41:17 -0600 Report

You're right. You can always get the meters. They want you to have those so you'll continue to need the strips, which is where the money is made.

2008-12-30 18:59:18 -0600 Report

The hospital gave me a meter too. I love the meter, however, the test strips are extremely expensive. (Freestyle Lite.) I see other test strips that are much cheaper. What other brands does everyone use that are more affordable and accurate?

2008-12-30 21:32:20 -0600 Report

I use the OneTouch Ultra Smart which I got for free when the pharmacy had a promotion. My insurance pays for the test strips as a generic so I only pay $10 for a box of 100. I think they are $120 a box otherwise. I see many inexpensive meters and strips at the pharmacy though, store brands. Ask the pharmacist which are the most accurate, they should know…


Anonymous 2008-12-30 18:53:32 -0600 Report

I got one from the doctor when I was diagnosed, then every 2 years I get a new one from One Touch when their new ones come out. Plus log books. I am in some One Touch Gold Club. I have many also. When I went to my diabetes class last year I got another one. Most of my strips are paid for by my insurance except the accu Check ones.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-30 21:39:27 -0600 Report

Have to find out about a gold club,will read all the papers and books that came with machine, thanks for the tip. jackie

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2008-12-30 17:53:57 -0600 Report

My Dr. gave me one when I was first diagnosed, but my insurance wouldn't pay for strips, so the pharmacy gave me one that the insurance approved of.

2008-12-30 17:16:50 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed, my doctor gave me a meter and strips and showed me how to use it. I was very thankful. Do not hesitate to ask. You need to know how to use the meter and the best person to show you how to use it is your doctor. Many doctors get meters and testing supplies from the makers, so you might as well make good use of it.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-30 17:01:24 -0600 Report

That's very true. I've never had to pay for a meter, and I've had a bunch. Either the doctor gave them to me (incl. test strips), or the manufacture did. My endocrinologist just gave me a new one because he felt the other was too old (several years)…wanted to be sure it was accurate.

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