By thebabylez Latest Reply 2014-10-19 16:34:11 -0500
Started 2014-10-15 09:40:52 -0500

One day I'll be able to go to the pharmacy and get my RX without an issue.

"Oh the strips you need today…yea, we can't fill them. Insurance is saying you reached your max for the year."
I'm sick of paying my test trips full price.

This disease is expensive!

I met a guy who had to sell his house just so he could stay alive.

I'm only 22 and I'm scared to grow old with these complications.

Tags: stress

4 replies

HawkinsD 2014-10-19 16:34:11 -0500 Report

Does your insurance plan include major-medical. If so, that part of your insurance may cover testing strips and meters. Ask for a person who can be your go-between who you can always call for questions. It really helps> Try not to live in the future, that could scare you to death. Work diligently to do all you can to remain healthy. Find people to talk to about your questions and fears. Check with your doctor and see if there are any support groups in your area. I've been diabetic since I was 15, and I'm now 63. You can do it! Talk with your church affiliations, a church might even be willing to host a support group for people with diabetes in your community. There may be more Type 2's, but they have the same type problems you have with getting supplies, and with dealing with all the health issues that diabetics can face.

brazosbelle 2014-10-16 08:35:30 -0500 Report

I can understand where you are coming from…I had to go for the past couple of years without insurance. I had to go to Canada for my insulin, which is almost 1/4 of the price there. I bought my test strips through Amazon…you might try them for extras that you might need. They just increased in price from $22 for 50 to $30 for 50. (1/2 the price of the pharmacy)

Also, the generic brand from Walmart (meter and strips) are very inexpensive. I used those to fill in as well.
Hope this helps… :)

jayabee52 2014-10-15 12:21:45 -0500 Report

Unfortunately Lez, that is the way of life here in the USA in this economy regarding medical insurance, especially since PPACA has been enacted.

I am a little older than you (62) and am on disability and am into the "Donut hole" regarding my medications, and I take one which the co-pay is $500 +.

But I am bellyaching.

I order my strips by the case from American Diabetes Wholesale ~ at a really good price.

Praying this helps you


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-10-15 10:41:29 -0500 Report

You have not said how often you test. Ask your doctor to change your prescription based on how often you test. Contact the maker of your meter to see if they will send you free test strips.

I did not have insurance and never paid full price for test strips. There are all kinds of prescription discount cards that give you a certain amount off of prescriptions. Use your computer and compare prices.

I found the following information simply by using Google:
Test Strips:

Abbott Freestyle Promise Program - you can also get a free meter and test strips for as low as $15.00 a month for 100 strips, at least that's what they claim.

Bayer SimpleWins Patient Assist. Prg - Bayer Contour meters and strips and other Bayer products.

Accu-chek Aviva Discount Program

This is for the Accu-Chek Aviva meter only. You must have a prescription for the strips as far as I know. The discount card comes in the box when you buy the meter. You can activate it on-line. Here's a claim from the site:

About the ACCU-CHEK Connect prescription discount card
The discount will be automatically applied each time you use your ACCU-CHEK Connect prescription discount card with a valid prescription. The card ensures you'll pay no more than $15 on every test strip prescription.*

*Limitations apply. Maximum discount up to $50 per prescription after primary insurance and $15 patient payment. Not valid for ACCU-CHEK Comfort Curve or ACCU-CHEK Active test strips. Not valid for prescriptions paid by Medicare, Medicaid or other government programs, or where prohibited by law. Cash-paying customers may also be eligible. See reverse side of card for complete program details. I called them and they said for cash payments the discount is $20.00 for 50 strips and $40.00 for 100.
They also said the discount works for the Compact meter as well.

Here's some other resources on line for the Accu-Chek (remember you have to buy the meter to get the card)

AC meter and strips at Amazon

Amazon mail order

I think the draw back with buying strips from Amazon might be that you have to have a prescription filled to get the discount. But you can still buy the meter that comes with a few strips there to get the discount card.

Lower Cost Generic Store Brand testing supplies
- most of these can be bought over the counter without a prescription.

Truetest meters and strips
These are available in stores such as RiteAid, CVS, Target, and Walgreens as well as online from different sources.

Prices vary widely, for instance Amazon has 100 strips for $39. which works out to 40 cents each RiteAid has 100 for $69. RiteAid and different retail stores frequently run sales though.

From my observation the best prices are on-line. Using a search engine such as "The Find" you can get multiple listings and see prices. BE CAREFUL when you buy from on-line sources. In some cases the strips are close to the expiration date. Make sure you choose a reputable site which may not be the cheapest one. Also, shipping should be factored into the price, try to get free shipping whenever possible

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