Free Meter

By greeneyedghost Latest Reply 2010-06-06 05:01:21 -0500
Started 2009-12-30 17:47:05 -0600

I have a problem. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in November. My insurance paid for a meter but we have since found that it is a 'dud' It has not been showing proper readings and I need a better name brand one. I have a Prodigy and me, the doctor, nor the pharmacist have faith in its reliability. I have tried to get a free one thru this site, but it says I don't qualify… what basis do they determine this? Does anyone else know what else I can do to get a 'good' meter that is correct at little or no cost??? By the way, the doctor and I redid tests from them and then immediately compared it to my machine to determine the readings are wrong. HELP please.

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19 replies

deafmack 2010-06-06 05:01:21 -0500 Report

The WalMart Reli-on Ultima is a good meter and is fairly inexpensive. I believe the meter is about $10 and you can get 100 strips for about $38. Other stores should have similar meters under their store brand name. It is pretty good and pretty accurate. I am using the Accu-Chek Aviva and really like that. Many times if you contact the different meter companies they will send you a free meter with about 10 test strips to try out. The Accu-Chek Aviva comes with the Multiclix Lancing device which I absollutely love.

kdroberts 2009-12-31 07:51:38 -0600 Report

You have 2 options. Ask your doctor for one, they should have a bunch of free samples or pick a meter you like and call (or email if you can) the manufacturer and ask for one. They make nothing on meters but a lot on test strips so they are more than happy to send you a free meter if it means you will be using their $1 a piece test strips.

Deb-G 2009-12-30 23:09:36 -0600 Report

Call Accucheck…tell them you are a diagnosed diabetic…tell them you are interested in switching to their meter and can they send you one free…They do…Just got mine…and…I have Insurance..but it wasn't a factor and they didn't even ask…the only "qualification" is that you are a diagnosed diabetic…they fax your doctor a confirmation and wa-la…free meter…Most meter companies do the same…dont go thru insurance, you dont need it, go directly to the company of the meter you want…You also get free meters handed to you at any diabetic seminars etc…they're all over the place :)

alanbossman 2009-12-30 21:33:17 -0600 Report

Hi welcome to the dc site i would send or call the manufacture of the bad meter and they should send you another one free.

ddon_2003 2009-12-30 21:29:00 -0600 Report

Try looking on E-Bay, I buy my strips from them, usually cost 1/3 to 1/2 what the strips cost in a pharmacy. There are several different brands of meters, most cost between $3.00 and $10.00. E-Bay is a great site for those of us who don't have insurance

Iroquois 2009-12-30 18:49:38 -0600 Report

I tried to get one too and I did not qualify either. You have to be on medicare pretty much. I was lucky and one of my friends on this site sent me one a day or so ago and just waiting for it to get here. Then another friend had one also but don't thing I am going to need it. Just ask if anyone has an extra one and they may send you one. I hope so. I have been where you are and it is the pitts. They are costly to have to go out and purchase not counting the lancets and strips. Good luck, Kathy

Harlen 2009-12-30 18:09:35 -0600 Report

I get them free any time I wish one all I do is e-mail or call the manufacture of the one I would like and they send me one I am not on medacare or medacade

ptsparkle 2009-12-30 19:14:06 -0600 Report

That's right. The catch is, you pay for the strips.You should be able to tell your ins. co. the problem, and send that one back to the manufacturer, for a replacement. If your ins. is paying for your strips, I would use what they authorize. All meters will read a bit differently, so if you can get another one, not the lemon, you should be fine.

greeneyedghost 2009-12-30 20:42:31 -0600 Report

ty for the info and i am using the one that my insurance will help me pay for, but it is wrong i mean way wrong.. i have compared it with doc readings and i understand that all meters will give u diff readings, but to have one as off as mine has been and to be the same number everyday anytime of day and after any eating or no eating activity or none is wayyyyyy strange. also, i am trying to get into an instructor, but having difficulties with this as well.. things are weird around here. i am looking into all options as well to get a meter that is reliable. and ty for the welcome to the site.

Zimoss 2010-01-16 13:02:45 -0600 Report

to get a free meter do a google search for free glucose meters…or just call the manufacturer. They don't care about giving out free meters…they get you when you buy the strips.

one thing to keep in mind is that the A1C test at the doc's office is a little more exact than the meter you use.

Also depending on what your blood sugar is it can be causing the inaccuracy.. for example if your BS is around 500 the meter may may only read to 500, but since it is not accurate at that level it could truly be anywhere from 400-800 or even higher.

hope that helps.

greeneyedghost 2010-01-16 19:38:00 -0600 Report

Thank you for your response, since then i have obtained 2 free meters.. lol.. but yes it's the strips im having a problem getting now. As far as inaccurate readings, mine has neverrrrrrrr gone over 192, so I know it's not the meter only reading to a certain point, but I have since found out that the first machine I had was a dud and my doc's results were more correct and the other 2 machines I have are in line with that reading from the doc, butttttttttt my insurance will only cover strips for the first machine, which is a dud. So Im in a situation of trying to communicate this to my insurance and hopefully get something else covered soon. Ty again… Nicki

Susie624 2009-12-30 17:54:30 -0600 Report

apparantly the only people who qualify for free meters are people who are on medicare,because that is the question they ask.I did get one when I ordered my metformin thru is a Breeze2 by Bayer

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