I've been watching promos, etc. for some time trying to find a deal on a data cable for my one touch meter so I can load my meter readings into my computer & MS Health Vault account for my care provider. I have no income right now, and no insurance - so the $30 cost could be better spent on strips & insulin.
This morning I ran across a link for a free data cable for my meter (http://www.lifescan.co.uk/OurProducts/Accesso...), and realized after I clicked that it was LifeScan in Great Britain.
So my question to lifescan when I called was, why do American get charged $30 for this data cable, while it is free in England. The customer care rep couldn't offer an explanation, only is there any thing else I can help you with?. So I emailed my concern to them, and will post their written reply whe I receive it.
No wonder folks are so frustrated with the US Health Care system - the high cost to us in the US subsidizes low prices oversees.
Granted, a data cable is a luxury rather than a necessity - many times in the past couple years I've had to go without insulin or couldn't afford syringes. But a data cable is a one time expense like a meter - they break even on the meter, but make up the cost on the strip sales.
I think I am switching meters - I understand that FreeStyle is offering a free data cable with their new meter