If You Need....

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-27 20:05:02 -0600
Started 2009-02-25 18:28:35 -0600

When we got home from the hospital today we had 4 coupons all addressed to Laura for free OneTouch meters. I called them and asked why they sent 4 when she was only to get 1, they didn't have an answer and said if I knew someone that could use the other 3 to please share them. So, if you need a new meter or a spare meter, send me a msg to my inbox and I'll gladly mail you the coupon, there is no name on the coupon and its says NO CHARGE (up to $22 Retail Value). All you need to do is take it to a retailer that sells them, oh I forgot its the OneTouch UltraMini meter, the one about the length of an adult ring finger. Anyway, I have 3 coupons so if you need one just send me a msg to my inbox here with your mailing address and I'll get it sent to you, they don't expire until December 2009.

16 replies

2009-02-26 14:17:55 -0600 Report

I ordered one of those small meters kind of in a round about way, and when I got it, I sent it to a member of the historical re-enacting group I belong to! It was great to send it to him, made me feel good, but test strips are another matter entirely. I will see him in March, so I'll ask him if he was able to afford the test strips for it or not.

rbergman 2009-02-26 13:08:22 -0600 Report

I was contacted by offsite email and the other coupons are all spoken for now. If I get any more I'll be sure to offer them as well, I think after I called them about their mistake of sending us 4 they probably took us off that particular mailing list though lol.

rbergman 2009-02-25 23:30:54 -0600 Report

I have 2 coupons left if anyone needs a meter.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-26 02:12:26 -0600 Report

I think that is a wonderful suggestion you have offer. I too get monitors and give them to people that need them, or people in our diabetic support group. I applaud you and know people appreciate it…Debe

Ian P
Ian P 2009-02-26 05:46:07 -0600 Report

Yes hooray altruism isn't dead

2009-02-26 06:00:46 -0600 Report

Me, too. They did the same thing to me, they sent me two coupons for the ascensia breeze2 and 4 free contour meters in the mail. I have given away a few myself.
I wonder if they do searches on computer to drum up business by finding diabetics and sending them coupons or free meters in hopes to sell their testing equipment.

rbergman 2009-02-26 08:18:27 -0600 Report

Oh I'm sure they do, afterall the meters come in a range of prices, I've seen them from $20-$100, and of course the more expensive the meter, the more expensive the testing strips for them. I use a FreeStyle Lite, which was given to me by the doctor, but the test strips for it are about $1.05 each. I know the one touch isn't quite that pricey and if I run out of strips for my FreeStyle I use the one touch until I can afford to get strips for my FS. I have also figured out there is about a 12 point difference between the 2 meters, so I attempt to adjust accordingly. It would be great if all meters tested the same but they don't. Our daughter also has a FS meter that her first Ped Endo gave to her, it has about an 8 point difference from the one her new Ped Endo office uses but I don't know what kind theirs is in the office.

Anyway, I do have 2 coupons left if someone needs or wants a OneTouch Mini Meter.

Ian P
Ian P 2009-02-25 19:40:15 -0600 Report

can I ask, do you guys have to pay for your medication and equipment?

Here in the uk we pay national insurance contributions out of our salaries which means we get free medical treatment, but we still have to pay set fees for medication and additional items, but since I was diagnosed I don't have to pay for anything including free eye tests.

rbergman 2009-02-25 20:43:24 -0600 Report

We have to purchase our own insurance or pay a premium if its offered through employment but it is not free, many of us have no insurance, in my case because my diabetes is pre-existing I cannot afford or find coverage at all so I pay for everything out of pocket. We have a government funded insurance but it is for low income families and my daughter qualifies for it but I do not, in order for me to qualify our family of 4 could only make about $800 per month, who could live on that??? So anyway, it's different here in the states.

Ian P
Ian P 2009-02-25 21:13:51 -0600 Report

You know that does sound harsh to me, I know that we have enforced payment into the health system and it isn't perfect but I am glad that we have the benefit of total support when diagnosed, it's 1 less thing to worry about.
I have never understood why our system isn't taken up elsewhere. We take it for granted that if I or my family get ill we just make an appointment with our local doctor, go, get treatment and not have to even think about cost unless we need meds, which generally are heavily subsidised. My dad recently died from cancer over a 5 year period and all of his treatment was covered, we never had to think about finances. It seams like a different world to have to consider the worry of added financial burden on top of the stress of having a medical illness, condition or injury. It makes me feel very privileged.

2009-02-25 22:24:53 -0600 Report

Ian, We can only hope that someday we will have a system where healthcare is available and affordable to EVERYONE. Right now it's not the case here, Sad but true

rbergman 2009-02-25 22:55:48 -0600 Report

Canada does it, the UK does it, maybe someone should remind our new president that if it works elsewhere why wouldn't it work here instead of this stimulus crap that isn't going to help people like me.

2009-02-25 18:31:17 -0600 Report

I already have one as a spare but thanks for the offer Robin :)

rbergman 2009-02-25 19:18:37 -0600 Report

I have one as a spare as well but Laura didn't have a spare so I did the online thing and it said they would send a coupon for a free one in the mail, can't imagine why we got 4 but I can't see them going to waste if someone here needs them, if nobody here needs them I'll donate the coupons to the reservation or something I guess.

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