test strips

lmgm67@verizon.net
By lmgm67@verizon.net Latest Reply 2010-09-15 20:57:26 -0500
Started 2010-09-08 09:26:34 -0500

Paying for test strips when you have to test four times a day can be a financial burden when you are retired


9 replies

KatieLou2007
KatieLou2007 2010-09-15 20:57:26 -0500 Report

I understand completely. Empathize. I have to test my sugar nearly 8 times a day. I have no idea why on earth test strips are so expensive when they are probably very inexpensive to manufacture. Thanks, pharmacutical companies (sorry for the spelling.) If I didn't have insurance, I am not sure what I would do. Hang in there.

MardiL
MardiL 2010-09-11 07:57:22 -0500 Report

My doctor writes the Rx for 3-4 times a day testing and I have no problems getting enough strips…they are way too expensive. I'm not on Medicare yet so my insurance covers most of it but I still pay $30.00 per script. I just found out that my insurance has a mail in drug program and I can cut the cost of the strips down to a $15.00 co-pay.

luvzlife
luvzlife 2010-09-11 02:31:02 -0500 Report

I have read that Medicare will soon be limiting the number of testing strips they will pay for. Both my sister and brother have been contacted by their supplier about the new limitations of only ONE TEST per day. My sister is currently having to fill out a 28 day diary to prove her need for 3 strips per day. My brother was told that he would be cut down to only ONE TEST per day due to the new Medicare regulations. I have not been contacted yet, but I feel this is a very negative change (if true) that Medicare may be making. There is no way to keep ones blood sugar "in check" with just one test per day that I know of.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2010-09-10 00:01:33 -0500 Report

If you are retired are you on Medicare? If you are then have the Dr write a prescription for test strips taking into account how many times you are testing per day. I am on Medicare and I don't pay for strips as (I believe - or it might be my provider) medicare sees the strips as preventing the advance of further diabetic complications.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-09-09 14:46:41 -0500 Report

What typ of strips do you use?
And yes I know it can be hard to pay for strips
Best wishes
Harlen

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