Meter for newly diagnosed

By Bear9140 Latest Reply 2012-12-11 22:58:57 -0600
Started 2010-04-16 22:01:13 -0500

I was just told yesterday that I have Type 2 diabetes and it can be controlled with meds and diet. The issue is that due to an insurance issue I can afford to purchase the meter that my doctor wrote the perscription for. Does anybody know where how I can get a meter and supplies at no or reduced costs? This really scars me. I have insurance, but it is not very good and with the house being a 1 income family right now it makes things a little tight. If anybody has a recommendation please let know.

10 replies

phoenix20 2012-12-11 22:58:57 -0600 Report

I got the Nova Max meter free with 10 strips and then bought 50 strips on for under $20.00.

Sirbank 2010-11-07 13:23:17 -0600 Report

Check on Abbott meters and supplies. You can go on line: and/or call 1-866-246-2683. I got a free meter, carrying case and a few test strips. It is a good meter and once you sign up (no cost) they furnish new batteries and a new meter if needed. I buy CVS alcohol weeps, 100/box for $2.95. Lancets are resonable but test strips for any meter are high. Abbott will send you a FreeStyle Promise card that will save you a lot on test stirps and lancets. Take care of it because you family needs you and as you manage diabetes you will feel better and able to do more. Trade all the sweets you like for supplies it is well worth it. Hope this helps you or anyone else out there.

uwish 2010-04-21 08:12:23 -0500 Report

When I was first told of having diadetes which was only 5 months ago, my doctor found out what was covered and what was not. He gave me a free meter, strips, lancets and alcohol wipes. I don't know how I would have gotten one otherwise. The doctors get samples to give away in hopes that you buy their products. Ask your doctor for help.

Roy531 2010-04-17 09:17:18 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed I called the insurance company to find out what they covered as far as diabetes supplies. They asked me if I had just been diagnosed and when I said yes they sent me a free meter. Call your insurance company and see what they will cover, might get lucky like I did. The meter they sent me, they also cover as far as the test stripes and lancets

Zimoss 2010-04-17 02:09:02 -0500 Report

1) find out which test strips if any your insurance covers.
2) call meter company..(example roche, one touch, etc) and ask for a meter…

most times you can get a meter or multiple meters for free… the meter companies don't care about the meters. The real money maker for them is the test strips.

you can also do the survey on this site for a free one touch.
Walmart, walgreens, target, etc also have an accu-chek aviva for around $15.

GabbyPA 2010-04-17 08:05:53 -0500 Report

Zimoss is right. You have to find test trips that you can afford. A lot of the fancy meters have HUGE costs for strips. I use the TRUE brand meter. It is Tracease or Truetrack (newer version) These test strips I can get on E-bay for a really good price. You have to be careful with your sellers, but I have never had any trouble. I am not insured, so 100% of my supplies comes out of pocket and this was the most cost effective meter and test strips I could find. I had gotten 600 strips for under $100 and that was a great deal. I am just using my last two vials now.

Miminv 2010-04-21 11:01:20 -0500 Report

I got a mini one touch meter two years ago for free from their web site and the test strips are free under my public insurance. Paid 1 or 2 dollars for the 100 strips under all other insurances. You are paying too much for test strips in my opinion. Just read you are not insured. You are still paying too much. I paid out of pocket for two years and never paid more then 6 dollars.

Dev 2010-04-17 15:24:26 -0500 Report

I agree. Think more about the recurring cost thatn the meter cost. Ask what all the insurance company covers. Ask your doctor to write presecription for that. The companies if asked directly generally have some sale or free meter offer going on.
We got oneTouch for my husband free but again check if your company pays the strips.
The lancets are another expence. Again ask your insurance company for what brand they cover. If they don't, we found cheaper options in walgreens.